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Ivana Trump, ex-wife of former President Trump, dies at age 73


Ivana Trump, the ex-wife of former President Donald Trump, died on Thursday, her family announced. She was 73 years old.  New York City officials confirmed that authorities responded to a 911 call at Trump’s Upper East Side home around 12:40 p.m. Thursday afternoon, where she was found alone and unresponsive. She was pronounced dead on the scene. An official cause of death for Trump not yet been determined by the medical examiner, though no foul play is believed to be involved.

Born Ivana MareIvana Marie Zelnickova in the former Czechoslovakia, she left the country in 1970 and worked as a model. She later married Donald Trump in 1977, and went on to hold key positions in the Trump Organization, including acting as CEO of Trump’s Castle in Atlantic City, and helping to design interiors for the Grand Hyatt Hotel and Trump Tower.  Ivana Trump also created her own clothing line and authored several bestselling books.

Ivana Trump shared three children — Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric — with the former president, whom she was married to until 1992. She remarried twice after their highly publicized divorce, but did not have any other children.  Donald Trump announced Ivana’s death in a post on his social media site Truth Social, calling her a “wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great inspirational life,” adding, “her pride and joy were her three children. She was so proud of them, as we were all so proud of her. Rest in Peace, Ivana!”

Son Eric Trump posted a tribute to his mother on Instagram Thursday, remembering her as “a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and caring mother and friend. She fled from communism and embraced this country. She taught her children about grit and toughness, compassion and determination. She will be dearly missed by her mother, her three children and ten grandchildren.”

Daughter Ivanka Trump tweeted she was “heartbroken” about the death of her mother: “Mom was brilliant, charming, passionate and wickedly funny. She lived life to the fullest — never forgoing an opportunity to laugh and dance. I will miss her forever and will keep her memory alive in our hearts always.”

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