In this file photo taken on May 18, 2000, Ivana Trump arrives at the AMFAR (American Foundation for Aids Research) benefit party held at the Palm Beach Club during the 53rd Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera. – The ex-wife of fromer US President Donald Trump died at the age of 73 according to a statement from the Trump family. (Photo by Jack GUEZ / AFP)
NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Ivana Trump — Donald Trump’s first wife and mother of his three eldest children — died on Thursday at the age of 73, the former president announced.
Ivana Trump “passed away at her home in New York City,” Donald Trump wrote on his social media platform Truth Social.
He did not provide a cause of death but the New York Times reported that law enforcement officials were investigating whether she fell down the stairs at her Manhattan apartment.
A spokesperson for the New York Police Department told AFP in an emailed statement that officers responded to a call at her address on the Upper East Side at around 12:40 pm (1740 GMT).
“Upon arrival, officers observed a 73 year-old female unconscious and unresponsive. EMS (emergency medical services) responded to the location and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene,” the spokesperson said.
The statement added that “there does not appear to be any criminality” and that the city’s medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 22: Ivana Trump attends the 2018 Angel Ball hosted by Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 22, 2018 in New York City. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation/AFP (Photo by Jamie McCarthy / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
Donald Trump, 76, said in his social media post that Ivana Trump “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!” he added.
Ivana Trump, a model who grew up under communist rule in the former Czechoslovakia, married Donald Trump, then a budding real estate developer, in 1977.
Their first child, Donald Jr., was born later that year. Ivanka was born in 1981 and Eric followed in 1984.
Eric Trump posted a tribute to his mother, who was also an accomplished skier during her childhood in Eastern Europe, on Instagram Thursday.
“Our mother was an incredible woman — a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and caring mother and friend,” the post said.
“She will be dearly missed by her mother, her three children and ten grandchildren,” he added.
Throughout the ’80s, the Trumps were one of New York’s highest-profile couples, their extravagant lifestyle exemplifying the flashy excesses of the decade.
Billionaire Donald Trump and his wife Ivana arrive 04 December 1989 at a social engagement in New York. (Photo by Bill SWERSEY / AFP)
Their power and celebrity grew as Donald Trump’s property business soared, with Ivana Trump taking on number of key roles in the business.
Their high-profile split, rumored to have been caused in part by Donald Trump’s affair with actress Marla Maples, provided juicy content for New York’s tabloids.
Donald Trump and Ivana Trump divorced in the early ’90s and in 1993 the future president married Maples.
Ivana Trump went on to enjoy a successful business career of her own, developing clothing, jewelry and beauty products and penning a number of books.
Donald Trump’s union with Maples lasted until 1999. He married his third and current wife, Melania Trump, in 2005.
Ivana Trump was married four times in her life, once before her marriage to Donald Trump and twice after.
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