by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 9, 2023) — The popular political- commentator sister duo known as “Diamond & Silk” has lost its primary namesake, whose real name is “Lynette Diamond Hardaway.”
The two grew into an internet phenomenon following their 2015 public support of then-2016 presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, rising to fame as a result of their quick-witted chats, facial expressions and mannerisms, and outspoken criticism of the political status quo.
On November 26, “Silk,” or “Rochelle Silk Richardson,” tweeted that her sister was in the hospital and requested prayers from followers.
The duo’s endeavors include the 2016 “Ditch and Switch Now” campaign urging Democrats to switch to the Republican Party in order to be able to vote for Trump in the primaries; decrying social-media “censorship,” including testifying to the House Judiciary Committee in 2018; speaking at CPAC in 2019; a show they hosted with live guests, “Chit Chat Live,” authoring a book, and maintaining a store featuring clothing, coffee mugs and bumper stickers which often boasted the slogan, “Trump Won.”
In 2020, the sisters came out against the COVID-19 protocols advocated by U.S. public-health agencies, resulting in Twitter’s temporary suspension of their account.
At approximately 9:30 p.m. EST, Trump announced Diamond’s passing on his TruthSocial account, writing, “Really bad news for Republicans and frankly, ALL Americans. Our beautiful Diamond, of Diamond and Silk, has just passed away at her home in the State she loved so much, North Carolina. Silk was with her all the way, and at her passing. There was no better TEAM anywhere, or at any time! Diamond’s death was totally unexpected, probably her big and precious HEART just plain gave out. Rest In Peace our Magnificent Diamond, you will be greatly missed!”
A memorial service is to be announced shortly, the duo’s Twitter account reported Monday evening.