Ivana Trump, the glamorous businesswoman and former wife of Donald Trump, died in her Manhattan home on Thursday at the age of 73.
Donald Trump announced the sad news on Truth Social, the social media platform he created, saying, “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.
“She was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman,” he continued, “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!”
Ivana Trump was found unconscious at the bottom of her stairs, so police are investigating whether it was an accident or a fall.
Ivana grew up under the communist ruler in former Czechoslovakia. She left in the 1970s and married Trump shortly after in 1977.
Ivana and Donald Trump were the power couple of the era, generating media attention and social recognition in the 80s. Mrs. Trump had a critical part in building Mr. Trump’s real-estate empire after their marriage. She worked alongside her husband on his early signature projects like the development of the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, N.J, and the Trump Tower in Manhattan. Ivana also worked years for Trump’s business as a senior executive managing and maintaining several hotel casinos.
Ivana was the vice president for interior design at the Trump Organization while managing his properties and raising their three children, Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka.
After the couple’s divorce in 1990, Ivana became even more of a social icon, landing a cameo in the 1996 film “The First Wives Club” where she tells a group of upset divorces women, “Don’t get mad, get everything!”
Ivana Trump used her business expertise to develop lines of clothing, jewelry, and beauty products, and she invested in real estate both in the United States and Europe. She even wrote several books like The Best Is Yet to Come: Coping With Divorce and Enjoying Life Again (1995) and Raising Trump (2017), a memoir of her marriage to Donald Trump.
“Our mother was an incredible woman — a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and a caring mother and friend,” the Trump family released in a statement.
“Ivana Trump was a survivor. 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.”