Ivana Trump, a businesswoman from the Czech Republic who was the ex-wife of former President Donald Trump, died on Thursday in Manhattan. She turned 73.
The 45th president wrote on his Truth Social platform that his first wife and the mother of his three children, Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka, had died.
“I am very sad to tell everyone who cared about her, which is a lot of people, that Ivana Trump died at her home in New York City,” he wrote. “She was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman who lived a great life that was a source of inspiration.”
He went on: “Her three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric, were her pride and joy. We were all so proud of her, just as she was of them. Ivana, rest in peace!”
Police sources told The Post that they are looking into whether Ivana Trump may have fallen down the stairs at her East 64th Street home. She was found at the bottom of the stairs. It is thought that she had a heart attack, but the city’s Medical Examiner’s Office will find out for sure.
Sources say the building staff found her body at 12:40 p.m. and then called the police.
A family friend said that Ivana Trump’s health has been getting worse over the past few years.
Born Ivana Trump was born in Czechoslovakia as Ivana Marie Zelnková. When she was young, she skied competitively and almost made the Olympic team, some say.
In the early 1970s, she worked as a model. In 1976, she met her future husband, Donald Trump, in New York City. After a year, they got married. They got a divorce in 1992, but she kept the famous last name of her ex-husband.
Ivana Trump was known for her taste in the finer things in life, her gaudy interior designs, and her big blonde hair.
Her marriage to the then-real estate mogul put her in the spotlight, where she both shone and struggled. Ivana Trump was a part of New York’s high society in the 1980s. Michael Jackson was one of her friends, and she was often on the covers of magazines and newspapers.
“People stopped her every time she walked down the street. “Not everyone liked Donald Trump, but everyone liked Ivana Trump,” her friend and former publicist Todd Shapiro told The Post. “Tiger, her dog, was always with her. Everywhere she went, Tiger would sit at her table. Tiger was her criminal partner.”
When the news of his mother’s death came out on Thursday, Eric Trump told reporters, “Guys, it’s a very sad day. It’s a sad day,” he said as he and his wife Lara left.
In a statement, he said, “Our mother was an amazing woman. She was a powerhouse in business, a world-class athlete, a stunning beauty, and a caring mother, friend, and colleague.
“Her mother, three children, and ten grandchildren will miss her very much,” he said.
A person close to Ivanka Trump told The Post that the death of her mother has left her in “shock.”
“They were very close,” said the source, who also said that Ivana Trump had spent her last days in New York City with her family.
Ivanka Trump said she was “heartbroken” by the death of her mother in an Instagram post on Thursday.
“Mom was brilliant, funny, charming, and full of passion. She showed strength, persistence, and determination in everything she did. She enjoyed life to the fullest, never missing a chance to laugh or dance.
During her 15 years of marriage to the former president, Ivana Trump was proud to work for him. In the 1980s, she was the CEO and president of the Trump’s Castle casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She was also the vice president of interior design for the Trump Organization and the manager of the Plaza Hotel.
In 1988, she told Vanity Fair, “Donald calls me his twin as a woman,” and she often called the former president “The Donald.”
Roger Stone, a friend of hers for 50 years, told The Post after her death that she was “a gracious lady, a great mother, and an amazing hostess.” Ivana was also very good at business and running a company.
“She ran the Plaza hotel like a tight ship and made a big difference in how well it did,” he said.
Shapiro said that the woman ran the casino in New Jersey “like a five-star general.”
But when it came out that Donald Trump had been having an affair with model Marla Maples, it hurt their marriage. They eventually got married and had a daughter named Tiffany Trump.
The divorce between Ivana and Donald Trump got a lot of attention around the world, and during a deposition for the case, she accused her then-husband of rape. Later, when Donald Trump was running for office in 2015, she denied the claim.
“I recently read some things that people say I said nearly 30 years ago when I was going through a very tense divorce from Donald,” she said in a statement from July 2015. “The story has no value at all. Donald and I are the best of friends and have raised three children that we love and are very proud of.
Ivana Trump tried to get everything her ex-husband had, even the Plaza Hotel. In an interview at the time with Oprah Winfrey, she said, “I will not let men control me anymore.”
Ivana Trump made a memorable cameo in the 1996 movie “The First Wives Club” as a not-so-subtle nod to the breakup. This helped her become a cultural icon after her marriage ended.
“Ladies, you need to be independent and strong. “Don’t get mad, and get everything,” she told him in the movie.
Still, they stayed close to each other for the rest of her life. A family friend told The Post that she was always calling Donald Trump to give him advice while he was president. She often called herself the “real Mrs. Trump,” which annoyed Melania Trump, who is now married to Donald Trump.
She says that she turned down the president’s offer to be an ambassador to her home country, the Czech Republic because she wanted to be free. She said in 2017 that she would hate Washington and that she didn’t envy Melania Trump’s job as First Lady.
“Could I get the White House in order in 14 days? Absolutely. Can I make a 45-minute speech without a teleprompter? Absolutely. Can I read a legal document? Can I negotiate? Can I entertain? Absolutely. “I don’t want to be there, though,” she said.
After her marriage to Donald Trump, Ivana Trump got married twice more. In 1995, she married an Italian businessman named Riccardo Mazzucchelli, but they split up two years later. In 2008, she married Rossano Rubicondi. Rubicon was a model and actor from Italy who was more than 20 years younger than her.
At the wedding, which was held at Mar-A-Lago, the former president’s daughter Ivanka was the maid of honor. After a year, they split up, but they got back together and stayed together until 2019. Rubicon died in 2021 from complications from melanoma. He was often called Ivana’s boy toy.
Ivana Trump spent her last years going back and forth between New York, Miami, and St-Tropez.
Even though she was known for living a lavish life, sources told Page Six in 2018 that she often ate hot dogs from a food cart on the Upper East Side.
George Wayne, a former columnist for Vanity Fair, said that he was “very close” to Ivana Trump. He called her his “Godmama Ivana” and said that, to many people’s surprise, she was “really quite the recluse.” He said that she became shyer while Trump was in office.
Her Upper East Side neighbor, on the other hand, said that Ivana Trump was “impeccable” and that she never had a hair out of place.
“About her, what can I say? Broadway producer Judith Ann Abrams told The Post, “I think her life would have been easier if she had changed her name.”
“This block is coming to an end. She was always nice and friendly to us. She’ll be missed.”
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