Kuni G. Isaac
The former US President Donald Trump has announced on Thursday the death of his first wife, Ivana Trump.
” Trump posted on his Truth Social media network.” Saying she was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life. Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. She was so proud of them, as we were all so proud of her. Rest in Peace, Ivana!”
Ivana and Donald Trump had a bitter public divorce in the 1990s, but were on good terms in recent years
The two married in 1977 and divorced in 1992.
“I am very saddened to inform all of those that loved her, of which there are many, that Ivana Trump has passed away at her home in New York City.
No cause of death has been provided but sources told AP news agency that police are trying to determine whether Ivana Trump fell down the stairs. Authorities believe her death was accidental.
The main entrance of Trump Tower in New York City
Ivana influenced the design of the Trump Tower building in New York City
‘Fled communism and embraced the US’
Ivana Trump was not only the former president’s first wife but also the mother of his three oldest children. She is credited with helping her husband build some of his signature buildings, including Trump Tower in New York City.
“She taught her children about grit and toughness, compassion and determination. She will be dearly missed by her mother, her three children and ten grandchildren,” the statement added.
Power couple in the 80s
During their marriage, the Trumps were one of New York’s highest-profile couples, with great celebrity power. They were open with an extravagant lifestyle that symbolized the flashy excesses of the 1980s.
As Donald Trump’s business empire grew, Ivana Trump played a number of key roles in the business.
But the marriage ended, fueled by rumors that Donald Trump was having an affair with actress Marla Maples, whom he ultimately married following the divorce.
She worked for several years in her then-husband’s business empire serving as a senior executive. Eventually she took on the role of CEO of Trump’s Castle in Atlantic City.
Ivana was last pictured out and about in New York City on June 22, when she was seen leaving her Upper East Side townhouse and being escorted to hair salon.