Politics Diamond's Cause of Death Revealed: Pro-Trump Internet Star Dies at 51 of Heart Disease Lynette "Diamond" Hardaway — half of the conservative political commentator duo, Diamond and Silk — died on Jan. 8 By Tracey Harrington McCoy Tracey Harrington McCoy Instagram Twitter Tracey Harrington McCoy is a celebrity news writer at PEOPLE Digital. People Editorial Guidelines Published on January 24, 2023 12:11 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos Lynnette "Diamond" Hardaway. Photo: Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP Lynette "Diamond" Hardaway's cause of death has been revealed. The internet star, who died on Jan. 8 at the age of 51, was one-half of the conservative political commentator duo Diamond and Silk. Unsubstantiated rumors had been flying on social media that COVID-19 was to blame for her death — something her sister Rochelle Richardson ("Silk"), an outspoken anti-vaxxer, denied. According to a death certificate obtained by the Associated Press on Monday, Hardaway died of heart disease due to chronic high blood pressure. Richardson said over the weekend that she and her husband were with Hardaway when Hardaway suddenly said "I can't breathe" and collapsed on the kitchen floor. News of Hardaway's death was first announced by former President Donald Trump on Jan 10. "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," Trump wrote in his post at the time. "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!" The Diamond and Silk verified Twitter account confirmed the news in its own statement, which read: "The World just lost a True Angel and Warrior Patriot for Freedom, Love, and Humanity! Please respect the privacy of Diamond's family! Memorial Ceremony TBA." Diamond, of Pro-Trump Internet Duo Diamond and Silk, Dead at 51: 'Totally Unexpected' President Donald Trump and Diamond and Silk. Oliver Contreras/SIPA USA via AP Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Diamond and Silk rose to fame in conservative media circles during Trump's 2016 bid for president. The two said they were former Democrats who switched parties specifically to support Trump, calling themselves his "biggest supporters" and posting videos about the then-candidate on YouTube. Their YouTube channel grew in popularity, ultimately landing them prime speaking gigs on both conservative television and at Republican events. Trump showed up to honor Hardaway at a memorial ceremony held in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Saturday. In his eulogy for her, her noted that he only really knew Diamond, despite that fact that she and Silk were always together including to visits the two made to the White House when Trump was president. "I thought I knew them both. I didn't," Trump said during his speech, which was streamed online. "I knew Diamond, but I didn't know Silk at all. I just learned about Silk." Fox News Drops Commentators Diamond & Silk over Controversial Coronavirus Remarks: Reports Diamond and Silk began providing weekly videos for Fox Nation after it launched its online video network, though the show was cut short when the duo sparked controversy with comments made about COVID-19. Fox News cut ties with the political commentators after they posted a tweet criticizing coronavirus stay-at-home orders, and suggesting that staying indoors with "will make people sick." Later, the pair began hosting a show called Diamond and Silk: Crystal Clear on far-right fringe network Newsmax.