Ivana Trump, first spouse of Donald Trump, dies at 73


Ivana Trump, a skier-turned businesswoman who shaped half of a publicity energy couple within the Nineteen Eighties as the primary spouse of former President Trump and mom of his oldest kids, died Thursday at her house in Manhattan, her household introduced. She was 73.

“I’m very saddened to tell all of those who liked her, of which there are numerous, that Ivana Trump has handed away at her house in New York Metropolis,” Donald Trump posted on Reality Social, the social media platform he based after being suspended from Twitter.

“She was a beautiful, lovely, and wonderful lady, who led an awesome and inspirational life. Her delight and pleasure have been her three kids, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. She was so happy with them, as we have been all so happy with her. Relaxation In Peace, Ivana!”

The Trump household additionally launched an announcement. “It’s with deep disappointment that we announce the passing of our beloved mom, Ivana Trump. Our mom was an unimaginable lady — a power in enterprise, a world-class athlete, a radiant magnificence, and caring mom and pal. Ivana Trump was a survivor.

Donald Trump, from left, New York City Mayor Ed Koch, and Ivana Trump at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

Donald Trump, from left, New York Metropolis Mayor Ed Koch and Ivana Trump at a gala on the Plaza Lodge in New York in 1989.

(Ron Galella Assortment by way of Getty Pictures)

“She fled from communism and embraced this nation,” the assertion continued. “She taught her kids about grit and toughness, compassion and dedication. She might be dearly missed by her mom, her three kids and ten grandchildren.”

Neither her kids nor her ex-husband disclosed a reason behind demise. However two folks accustomed to the matter instructed the Related Press that police are investigating whether or not Ivana Trump fell down the steps and imagine her demise was unintentional.

She was discovered unconscious close to a staircase within the house, the folks mentioned. The health worker’s workplace will decide an official reason behind demise.

“It’s been a really unhappy day, a really unhappy day,” Eric Trump mentioned as he left his mom’s Manhattan house.

Within the Nineteen Eighties, the Trumps have been the last word energy couple in New York earlier than their equally public, and messy, divorce after Donald Trump met his subsequent spouse, Marla Maples. In a deposition, Ivana Trump on the time accused Trump of raping her, although she later mentioned she didn’t imply that actually.

However lately, Ivana Trump had been on good phrases together with her former husband. She wrote in a 2017 guide that they spoke about as soon as per week.

She grew to become an icon in her personal proper, dripping with ‘80s fashion and magnificence, full together with her signature beehive hairdo. She influenced the look of the over-the-top Patsy Stone within the traditional British sitcom “Completely Fabulous,” with the character extolling Trump as “super” in a single episode.

Ivana Trump had a protracted listing of cameos on TV and in films, together with the 1996 hit “The First Wives Membership.” On the finish of the movie — which co-starred Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton — she uttered the now-famous strains, “Women, you must be sturdy and impartial. And keep in mind, don’t get mad. Get all the pieces!”

The Trumps grew to become companions in love and enterprise, with Ivana enjoying roles resembling supervisor of certainly one of his Atlantic Metropolis casinos in New Jersey. She labored tirelessly there and in addition had a hand in making Trump Tower a picture of ‘80s success, serving to the decorator and taking a powerful curiosity in such particulars because the doormen’s uniforms, mentioned Barbara Res, a former Trump Group government who was in control of the skyscraper’s development.

“She did all that to impress Donald, to win his approval. She was touring back-and-forth on a regular basis, and leaving her children. She had an incredible work ethic.”

Donald Trump would say at instances that he regretted having Ivana be part of him in enterprise and blamed it for the unraveling of his marriage.

“I feel that placing a spouse to work is a really harmful factor,” he instructed ABC Information within the early Nineties. “In the event you’re in enterprise for your self, I actually assume it’s a foul thought to place your spouse working for you,” he mentioned, complaining that when she become a businessperson, “a softness disappeared.”

Nonetheless, Ivana in the end remained pleasant together with her ex-husband, whom she famously referred to as “The Donald.” She enthusiastically backed his 2016 White Home run, saying he would “make huge adjustments” in america and instructed the New York Put up that she was giving him ideas on his marketing campaign.

“We communicate earlier than and after the appearances and he asks me what I assumed,” she mentioned. She mentioned she suggested him to “be extra calm.”

“However Donald can’t be calm,” she added. “He’s very outspoken. He simply says it as it’s.”

Nevertheless supportive, she often ruffled feathers.

In 2017, whereas selling a guide, she instructed “Good Morning America” that she spoke with the then-president about each two weeks and had his direct White Home quantity however didn’t need to name too steadily “as a result of Melania is there and I don’t need to trigger any type of jealousy or one thing like that as a result of I’m mainly first Trump spouse, OK?” she mentioned with amusing. “I’m first girl, OK?”

Melania Trump’s spokesperson on the time responded, saying there was “clearly no substance to this assertion from an ex, that is sadly solely attention-seeking and self-serving noise.”

Ivana Trump had continued her enterprise ventures lately, selling an Italian weight-loss food plan in 2018.

Her demise got here throughout a fraught week for the Trump household. Two of her kids, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, and the previous president are on account of seem in coming days for questioning within the New York lawyer basic’s civil investigation into the household’s enterprise practices.

She was born Ivana Zelnickova in 1949 within the Czechoslovak metropolis of Gottwaldov, the previous metropolis of Zlin that simply had been renamed by the communists, who took over the nation in 1948. She married Trump in 1977.

She was married 4 instances, most lately to Italian actor Rossano Rubicondi. The 2 divorced in 2009 after a yr of marriage however continued to see one another on and off till 2019, when she instructed the New York Put up the connection had run its course. He died final yr of most cancers at 49.

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