Lynette ‘Diamond’ Hardaway, a vlogger and zealous supporter of former President Donald Trump, died earlier this month of a heart condition, with her sister saying she collapsed on the kitchen floor, crying out: ‘I can’t breathe.’
Known as the star of the conservative political commentary duo ‘Diamond and Silk,’ Hardaway, 51, died on January 8 of heart disease due to chronic high blood pressure.
The cause of Hardaway’s death, which was not released by the family, had become a topic of widespread speculation.
COVID-19 was not listed as a cause or contributing factor on her death certificate, which was provided to the AP by the Hoke County Register of Deeds and was signed by a local doctor. No autopsy was performed.
Lynette ‘Diamond’ Hardaway (pictured left), a vlogger and zealous supporter of former President Donald Trump, died earlier this month of a heart condition
Hardaway and her sister, Rochelle ‘Silk’ Richardson, found internet stardom as black women who ardently backed Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign.
After making several campaign appearances with the former president, the two leveraged their notoriety to land regular commentator roles at Fox News.
Their promotion of coronavirus falsities eventually got them dropped, but they landed at the far-right cable and digital media platform Newsmax.
A torrent of social media users suggested COVID-19 was to blame.
Many of the posts were based on an unsourced, and since-deleted, online report from November that claimed Hardaway had been hospitalized with COVID-19.
Both Diamond and Silk vehemently denied that the virus had put Hardaway in the hospital.
The memorial for Hardaway took a dark turn on Saturday as Richardson detailed the late 51-year-old’s final moments and alluded to a nefarious poisoning plot she claims caused her death.
Hardaway and her sister, Rochelle ‘Silk’ Richardson, found internet stardom as black women who ardently backed Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign
After making several campaign appearances with the former president, the two leveraged their notoriety to land regular commentator roles at Fox News
Their promotion of coronavirus falsities eventually got them dropped, but they landed at the far-right cable and digital media platform Newsmax
A memorial ceremony held in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and streamed online Saturday renewed speculation when Richardson suggested her sister’s death was somehow linked to the COVID-19 vaccine.
‘Instead of asking if Americans are vaxxed or unvaxxed, the real question to ask is: Are Americans being poisoned?’ Silk asked the pro-Trump crowd filled with friends and family.
‘In the wild, when they want to depopulate and sterilize a large group of animals, they usually inject one animal, and that one animal infect the rest of the animals,’ Silk said, suggesting, without evidence, that the COVID-19 vaccine creates harm.
‘People are dropping dead around here, and nobody is talking about it! They are dropping dead suddenly and unexpectedly.’
According to research, there has been no evidence to suggest that the COVID-19 vaccine causes people to die, despite far-right pundits amplifying the phrase ‘died suddenly’ on social media followed by videos of people having seizures to support their theories.
Lynette ‘Diamond’ Hardaway’s, 51, memorial took a dark turn as Rochelle ‘Silk’ Richardson, detailed her sister’s final moments and alluded to a nefarious plot that she believes killed her
Trump paid tribute to Diamond, describing her as one of the world’s ‘brightest stars’ but admitted he ‘didn’t know Silk at all’ despite meeting her countless times
Joined on stage at the memorial by Trump, Richardson said her sister died after returning to her North Carolina home from a relative’s birthday celebration. Richardson noticed her sister looking strange.
Hardaway suddenly said: ‘I can’t breathe,’ Richardson recalled. She and her husband performed CPR on the kitchen floor as they waited for emergency services.
Trump followed the radical speech, throwing his support behind Silk, whom he admitted he had ‘just learned about’ despite meeting her on several occasions with her sister Diamond.