Ivana Trump, the former President’s first wife, dies at the age of 73

NEW YORK – Ivana Trump, who was one half of a publicity couple in the 1980s as former President Donald Trump’s first wife and the mother of his eldest children, has died in New York City, her family announced Thursday. She was 73.

“I am very saddened to announce to all those who loved her, of whom there are many, that Ivana Trump has died at her home in New York City,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “She was a wonderful, beautiful and amazing woman who lived an amazing and inspiring life. Her pride and joy were her three children Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric. She was as proud of her 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 and caring mother and friend. Ivana Trump was a survivor.

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

The Trumps were a power couple in New York in the 1980s before their equally public and messy divorce after Donald Trump met his next wife, Marla Maples. But in recent years, Ivana Trump has had a good relationship with her ex-husband. She wrote in a book in 2017 that they talked about once a week.

Ivana said the New York Post 2016 that she was both a supporter and advisor to the former president.

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

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

She was born Ivana Zelnickova in 1949 in the Czechoslovak town of Gottwaldov, the former town of Zlin, which had just been renamed by the communists who took over the country in 1948. In 1977 she married Trump, her second husband.

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