Ivana Trump, first wife of Donald Trump, dies at 73

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

“I am very saddened to announce to everyone 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, the social media platform he posts his suspension based on Twitter.

“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 a caring mother and friend. Ivana Trump was a survivor.

Donald Trump, New York Mayor Ed Koch and Ivana Trump at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

Donald Trump, New York Mayor Ed Koch, and Ivana Trump at a gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York in 1989.

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“She fled communism and embraced this country,” the statement said. “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 New York Times reported that she died Thursday at her Manhattan home.

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. In a statement at the time, Ivana Trump accused Trump of raping her, although she later said she didn’t mean it literally.

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.

She told the New York Post in 2016 that she was both a supporter and an 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.”

“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 that had just been renamed by the communists who took over the country in 1948. She married Trump, her second husband, in 1977. Ivana Trump, first wife of Donald Trump, dies at 73

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