Ivana Trump, the first wife of Donald Trump, has died at the age of 73.
The Czech-American helped build Trump’s real estate empire, and the two became known as a quintessential 1980s New York power couple. The marriage ended in a highly publicized divorce in 1992.
Breaking News: Ivana Trump, a former wife of Donald Trump, has died at 73. Their marriage created a quintessential New York power couple. https://t.co/7K9aFTUpL3
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From the New York Times:
Mr. Trump announced her death in a statement on Truth Social, the conservative social media platform he founded. No other details were provided.
“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,” he wrote.
“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!”
The couple went through an ugly, acrimonious divorce in 1992 after Trump had met his soon-to-be second wife, Marla Maples.
In 2017, Ivana ruffled some feathers while promoting a book telling “Good Morning America” that she spoke with the then-president about every two weeks and had his direct White House number.
But she said she didn’t want to call too frequently “because Melania is there and I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that because I’m basically first Trump wife, OK? I’m first lady, OK?”
Melania Trump was reportedly not amused.
BREAKING: Ivana Trump, Donald Trump’s first wife and the mother of his three oldest children, has died, the former president says. https://t.co/xptAe0RVUI pic.twitter.com/LtTz7Lyji2
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 14, 2022
“Ladies, be strong and independent, and remember, don’t get mad, get everything.” – Ivana Trump
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