Ivana Trump: Former President Donald Trump’s first wife dies

Ivana Trump, Donald Trump’s first wife, has died in New York, the former president announced on social media Thursday.

“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 in Truth Social.

“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 a friend. Ivana Trump was a survivor.

“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.”

Czech-born skier and model Ivana Trump married the future president in 1977.

The Trumps were a powerful couple in New York in the 1980s and 1990s until their equally public and messy divorce after Donald Trump met his next wife, Marla Maples.

Ivana has become an icon in her own right, infused with 80s style and elegance, complemented by an accent and her signature beehive hairstyle. She would eventually appear in the popular 1996 film The First Wives Club with the famous line, “Ladies, you must be strong and independent, and remember, don’t get mad, get it all.”

Ivana Trump ended up remaining on friendly terms with her ex-husband, whom she famously referred to as “Donald.” She enthusiastically supported his White House in 2016, calling herself both a supporter and an adviser.

She wrote in a 2017 book that they spoke once a week.