Ivana Trump, Donald Trump’s first wife, dies at 73

Ivana Trump, who was one half of a powerful advertising couple in the 1980s as former President Trump’s first wife and mother of his older children, has died in New York, her family said Thursday. She was 73 years old.

“I am very sad to inform all those who loved her, and there are many of them, that Ivana Trump passed away at her home in New York,” Trump wrote on Truth Social, the social network he founded after he was suspended from work. . from Twitter.

“She was a wonderful, beautiful and amazing woman who lived a wonderful and inspiring life. Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric. She was so proud of them, just as we were all so proud of her. Rest in peace, Ivana!

The Trump family also released a statement. “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Ivana Trump. Our mother was an incredible woman – a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, a caring mother and friend. Ivana Trump survived.

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

Donald Trump, New York City Mayor Ed Koch and Ivana Trump at a gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York, 1989.

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“She fled communism and embraced this country,” the statement said. “She taught her children endurance and resilience, compassion and determination. She will be greatly missed by her mother, her three children and ten grandchildren.”

The New York Times reported that she died Thursday at her Manhattan home.

The Trumps were a powerful couple in New York in the 1980s until their equally public and messy divorce after Donald Trump met his next wife, Marla Maples. In Ivana’s testimony, Trump at the time accused Trump of raping her, although she later said she did not mean it literally.

But in recent years, Ivana Trump has been on good terms with her ex-husband. She wrote in a 2017 book that they spoke once a week.

She is said the New York Post in 2016, she was both a supporter and adviser to the former president.

“I’m suggesting a few things,” she told the newspaper. “We talk before and after shows and he asks me what I think.” She said she advised him to “be more calm”.

“But Donald can’t be calm,” she added. “He’s very outspoken. He just tells it like it is.”

She was born Ivana Zelnikova in 1949 in the Czechoslovak city of Gottwald, the former city of Zlín, which had just been renamed by the communists who took over the country in 1948. She married Trump, her second husband, in 1977.