Former President Donald Trump’s ex-wife Ivana Trump has died at age 73 after being found at her New York City apartment unconscious and near the bottom of a staircase.
“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, 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!,” Trump said Thursday in a Truth Social post.
Donald Trump and Ivana Trump had three children after getting married in 1977, which include Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric.
A spokesperson for the New York City Police Department told Fox News that police responded to a 911 call on Thursday and found the 73-year-old unconscious.
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“On Thursday, July 14, 2022, at approximately 1240 hours, police responded to a 911 call of a aided individual at 10 East 64 Street , within the confines of the 19 Precinct. Upon arrival, officers observed a 73 year-old female unconscious and unresponsive. EMS responded to the location and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene,” the spokesperson said.
An NYPD spokesperson told Fox News Digital there is no criminality suspected and police are staging outside her Upper East Side home for security purposes.
A spokesperson for the NYPD also told Fox News that Trump was found unconscious “in close proximity” to the bottom of a staircase in her apartment.
The New York City Fire Department responded to a report of a cardiac arrest at Trump’s residence on Thursday afternoon, a source told Fox News.
A law enforcement source told Fox News that someone at Trump’s residence called police to ask for a wellness check because he hadn’t seen her in a while. When authorities arrived, they opened her door and found her at the bottom of the stairs, but it’s unclear whether she fell.
A statement by the Trump family provided to Fox News Digital said that Ivana Trump was “a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and caring mother and friend.”
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“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. 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,” the statement read.
She was the first wife of former President Donald Trump. The couple divorced in 1992.
Ivana Trump was born in 1949 in Czechoslovakia.
A spokesperson for the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner said “we will be investigating, but that is all I have to share at this time.”
Trump was an occasional model and ski racer when she married the future president. She then became an icon in her own right, known for her style and elegance throughout the 1980s, along with her accent and her signature beehive hairdo. She later appeared in the 1996 hit film “The First Wives Club” with the now-famous line, “Ladies, you have to be strong and independent, and remember, don’t get mad, get everything.”
Partners in love and business — with her playing roles such as manager of one of his Atlantic City casinos — Ivana and Donald were fixtures of New York’s see-and-be-seen scene before their high-profile divorce. At the time, Donald Trump had met his next wife, Marla Maples.
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The split was acrimonious, but Ivana ultimately remained friendly with her ex-husband, whom she famously called “The Donald.” She enthusiastically backed his 2016 White House run and told the New York Post in 2016 that she was both a supporter and an adviser.
“I suggest a few things,” she said. “We speak before and after the appearances and he asks me what I thought.” She said she advised him to “be more calm.”
Ivana Trump was born Ivana Zelnickova in 1949 in the Czechoslovak city of Gottwaldov, formerly Zlin, which had just been renamed by the Communists who took over the country in 1948.
Fox News’ Michael Ruiz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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