Ivana Trump dies: Ivana Trump, first wife of former US President Donald Trump, dies aged 73

WASHINGTON, – Ivana Trump, the first wife of former US President Donald Trump and the mother of his three eldest children, who helped her husband build some of his iconic buildings, including Trump Tower, has died at age 73, Donald Trump said Thursday.

“I am very saddened to inform all who loved her, of whom there are many, that Ivana Trump has passed away at her home in New York,” Trump said in a post on social media platform Truth Social.

The couple married in 1977 and divorced in 1992. They had three children together: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric.

“Ivana Trump was a survivor. She fled communism and embraced this country. She taught her children courage and tenacity, compassion and determination,” the Trump family said in a statement. She grew up under communist rule in the former Czechoslovakia.

Neither the Trump family statement nor the former president’s message mentioned the cause of his death.

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A former model who trained for the Czechoslovak national junior ski team, Ivana Trump played a role in building Trump’s media image in the 1980s, when they were one of the most popular couples. influential people in New York.

Ivana Trump, first wife of former US President Trump, dies at 73

The Trump family says the former president’s first wife, Ivana Trump, died in New York. Eric Trump, who was seen walking out of his residence, told reporters when asked to comment that it was “a very sad day”. (July 14) (AP Video/Aron Ranen)

Their divorce, which came after Donald Trump’s high-profile affair with Marla Maples, whom he later married, fed the New York tabloids.

While Donald Trump took credit for his early success in Manhattan’s highly competitive real estate market, Ivana Trump played an important role in building the family business soon after their marriage, The New York Times reported.

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FILE – Donald Trump and his ex-wife Ivana Trump are seen together watching the men’s singles final match between Patrick Rafter and Greg Rusedski at the US Open in New York on Sunday, September 7, 1997. Ivana Trump, the first wife of Donald Trump, died in New York, the former president announced on social media on Thursday, July 14, 2022.

She worked alongside her husband in the development of Trump Tower, his signature building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and other high-profile projects such as the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, a said the Times.

Ivana Trump was the vice president of interior design for the Trump Organization and managed the historic Plaza Hotel, which Trump acquired in 1988 while raising their three children.

“Our mother was an incredible woman – a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, a caring mother and friend,” the Trump family said in a statement.

Ivana Trump is survived by her mother, three children and 10 grandchildren, according to the family statement.

Kevin E. Boling