BREAKING NEWS: Ivana Trump dies aged 73


Ivana Trump has died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 73. 

The former model passed away in her home on New York City’s Upper East Side, according to her ex-husband, former President Donald Trump, who shared the tragic news of her passing on his Truth Social account on Thursday afternoon. 

‘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. 

Trump – who shared three children with his ex-wife – went on to pay tribute to Ivana, describing her as a ‘beautiful, amazing’ woman, while honoring her close bond with their kids: Donald Jr, Eric, and Ivanka.  

Ivana Trump has passed away at the age of 73 of a cardiac arrest. She was last pictured on June 22, when she was seen going to an appointment at a hair salon in New York City 

Former President Donald Trump shared the news of his ex-wife's passing on his Truth Social account on Thursday afternoon, revealing she died in her home on New York's Upper East Side

Former President Donald Trump shared the news of his ex-wife’s passing on his Truth Social account on Thursday afternoon, revealing she died in her home on New York’s Upper East Side 

In his statement, Trump, 76, paid tribute to Ivana as a 'wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life'

In his statement, Trump, 76, paid tribute to Ivana as a ‘wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life’ 

Ivana's youngest child Eric was seen outside his mother's New York home on Thursday afternoon shortly after the news of her death broke

Ivana’s youngest child Eric was seen outside his mother’s New York home on Thursday afternoon shortly after the news of her death broke 

Ivana was found dead in her Manhattan townhouse (seen) on Thursday afternoon after going into cardiac arrest

Ivana was found dead in her Manhattan townhouse (seen) on Thursday afternoon after going into cardiac arrest 

‘She was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life,’ he continued. ‘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’s son Eric confirmed the news of Ivana’s death to DailyMail.com, saying in a statement issued on behalf of the family: ‘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.’

Eric also took to Instagram to post a tribute to his late mother, sharing several images of the socialite and her children over the years, including photos of Ivana with her children when they were younger. 

According to TMZ, Ivana went into cardiac arrest shortly after lunchtime on Thursday, with the outlet reporting that a call was made to NYPD from someone at her home just after 12.30PM ET.

Ivana was last pictured out and about in New York City on June 22, when she was seen leaving her Upper East Side townhouse and being escorted to hair salon.

Ivana and Trump shared three children: Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric (seen in 2011), who issued a joint statement about their mother's passing, describing her as 'an incredible woman'

Ivana and Trump shared three children: Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric (seen in 2011), who issued a joint statement about their mother’s passing, describing her as ‘an incredible woman’ 

In a statement issued to DailyMail.com by Eric Trump, the siblings (seen with Ivana and Trump as children) said: 'Ivana Trump was a survivor. She fled from communism and embraced this country. She taught her children about grit and toughness, compassion and determination'

In a statement issued to DailyMail.com by Eric Trump, the siblings (seen with Ivana and Trump as children) said: ‘Ivana Trump was a survivor. She fled from communism and embraced this country. She taught her children about grit and toughness, compassion and determination’

Images showed the socialite being assisted by an aide, who gave her arm to Ivana as they strolled down the sidewalk to her hair appointment. 

Ivana was born in Czechoslovakia in 1946, however she relocated to Canada in the mid-1970s, before moving to the US, where she took up residence in New York City. 

Before her marriage to Trump, Ivana was wed to an Austrian ski instructor, Alfred Winklmayr, a friend with whom she tied the knot in order to gain an Austrian passport, which enabled her to leave her communist home country and move to Canada. 

The pair divorced just a few months after Ivana was granted an Austrian passport and she went on to enjoy a romance with a skin instructor and boutique owner while living in Montreal – before she relocated to Manhattan.  

It was here that she met Trump, whom she wed in 1977, having first met him while she was working as a model. 

The couple were married for 13 years before divorcing in 1990 after Trump had an affair with Marla Maples, who went on to become his second wife. 

Ivana was said to have been left furious over her then-husband’s illicit relationship with Maples, whom she repeatedly bashed in the years following her split from Trump. 

Ivana spent years working as a model - which is how she first met Trump, who, she was introduced to at an event in New York City

Ivana spent years working as a model - which is how she first met Trump, who, she was introduced to at an event in New York City

Ivana spent years working as a model – which is how she first met Trump, who, she was introduced to at an event in New York City 

Trump and Ivana (pictured in 1987) tied the knot in 1977, but split in 1990 after it was revealed he'd had an affair with Marla Maples, who would later become his second wife

Trump and Ivana (pictured in 1987) tied the knot in 1977, but split in 1990 after it was revealed he’d had an affair with Marla Maples, who would later become his second wife 

In 2017, Ivana detailed her feelings about Trump’s affair with Maples in her book, Raising Trump – revealing in an interview with CBS at the time that she refused to ‘talk about her’ because she was a ‘showgirl’ who would ‘never achieve anything in her life’. 

She then implied that Maples was to blame for her marriage ending.

‘Well, she was flirting… and I think she was flirting and and she got away with it,’ Ivana said.

When asked if she blamed Trump now for their marriage ending, Ivana replied: ‘I’m not sure, because Donald would get 1,000 business cards in the pocket every night. He could choose any girl he wanted to have. 

‘So I’m not sure if she was. There could be another one, could be another one. I really don’t know.’ 

Following her split from Trump, Ivana went on to date Italian actor Rossano Rubicondi, who passed away in October 2021 following a battle with cancer. 

Rubicondi had liver cancer and suffered a lung aneurysm in the bathtub, his parents said in an interview with an Italian talk show. 

Ivana and Rubicondi dated for six years before they tied the knot in 2008 during a lavish $3 million ceremony at Mar-A-Lago, the Palm Beach estate owned by none other than her second ex-husband.

She was 59 at the time, while he was 36. 

Ivana split from Trump in 1990 after he had an affair with Marla Maples, who went on to become his second wife. The socialite then had a lengthy on-off relationship with Italian actor Rossano Rubicondi, who she married in 2008. He passed away last year after battling cancer

Ivana split from Trump in 1990 after he had an affair with Marla Maples, who went on to become his second wife. The socialite then had a lengthy on-off relationship with Italian actor Rossano Rubicondi, who she married in 2008. He passed away last year after battling cancer

Ivana's relationship with Rubicondi (seen together in 2018) went through several ups and downs over the years, with the former couple splitting just a few months after hteir marriage in 2008 and then again in 2009

Ivana's relationship with Rubicondi (seen together in 2018) went through several ups and downs over the years, with the former couple splitting just a few months after hteir marriage in 2008 and then again in 2009

Ivana’s relationship with Rubicondi (seen together in 2018) went through several ups and downs over the years, with the former couple splitting just a few months after hteir marriage in 2008 and then again in 2009

The wedding was set to the theme of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream and 400 guests attended, including the ex-President. 

Ivana’s relationship with Rubicondi went through several ups and downs over the years, with the former couple splitting just a few months after their marriage in 2008 and then again in 2009. 

They split for a third time in 2011, before reuniting in 2019, when they appeared on Italy’s version of Dancing With the Stars, before breaking up again just a few months later. 

But Ivana and Rubicondi remained close and were often pictured together in New York up until just a few months before he passed away.  

Ivana maintained a good relationship with Trump over the years, even speaking out to wish him a Happy Birthday in 2021, when she revealed that she had spoken with her ex-husband and joked to him that he shouldn’t ‘worry about his age’. 

However the socialite and former downhill skier was never one to hold back when speaking about her ex-spouse. 

In November 2020, following the presidential election – which Trump lost to Joe Biden – she discussed his refusal to accept the result, saying that he was ‘not a good loser’ and that he was likely going to ‘fight and fight and fight’ against conceding the race. 

‘He’s not a good loser,’ she told People of Trump. ‘He doesn’t like to lose, so he’s going to fight and fight and fight.’

Ivana went on to urge the former President to accept defeat, saying: ‘He has to go and declare that he lost. I just want this whole thing to be over with, one way or the other. I really don’t care.’

She was also incredibly outspoken about her feelings towards Trump’s currently wife Melania, sensationally stating in 2017 that she was the true ‘first lady’ because she was the then-President’s first wife. 

Ivana added that she had a ‘direct line’ to Trump at the White House, and spoke to him once every two weeks, but that she was always reluctant to call him because ‘Melania was there’. 

‘I [don’t] really want to call him there, because Melania is there,’ she told ABC News. ‘And I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that, because I’m basically [the] first Trump wife. OK? I’m first lady.’

However, Ivana insisted that she would never have wanted to take on the role of first lady because she would have ‘hated Washington’, despite believing that she would be the perfect person for the job. 

‘Would I straighten up the White House in 14 days? Absolutely,’ she said. ‘Can I give the speech for 45 minutes without [a] teleprompter? Absolutely. Can I read a contract? Can I negotiate? Can I entertain? Absolutely. But I would not really like to be there. I like my freedom.’

A loving mother until the end: How Ivana Trump doted on Don Jr, Ivanka and Eric and fought for them in her divorce, telling everyone she met proudly that SHE raised them (without their famous father!)

BY JENNIFER SMITH, CHIEF REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

Ivana Trump may not have made it to the White House – but she relished her role as a loving mother to her three kids and proudly described how she raised them without their father’s help. 

After Donald took office and even for years privately beforehand, it was Ivana who took credit for the kids, their success and their mild manners. 

She fought ferociously for them during her divorce from their father, and wrote in her memoir that it was she who raised them – not their dad who ‘provided’ for them but had no interest until they ‘could talk business with him’. 

On Thursday, Eric Trump paid tribute to his mother after her death at the age of 73, writing in an Instagram post: ”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 may not have made it to the White House - but she relished her role as a loving mother to her three kids and proudly described how she raised them without their father's help

Ivana Trump may not have made it to the White House – but she relished her role as a loving mother to her three kids and proudly described how she raised them without their father’s help

Ivana, Donald, Eric and Ivanka, at Mar-a-Lago in 1998, a year before their divorce

Ivana, Donald, Eric and Ivanka, at Mar-a-Lago in 1998, a year before their divorce 

‘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.’ 

Ivana and Trump tied the knot in 1977. He was her second husband, and the only man she had children with. The pair welcomed their son, Donald Trump Jr., that year.

Next came golden girl Ivanka in 1980, then Eric in 1984. She and Donald finalized their divorce in 1999, but she wrote in her memoir that she knew it was over a decade earlier, when she noticed another woman.

‘This young blonde woman approached me out of the blue and said “I’m Marla and I love your husband. Do you?”

‘I said “Get lost. I love my husband.” It was unladylike but I was in shock.’

She was referring, of course, to Marla Maples, Trump’s second wife and the mother to his fourth child, Tiffany. As her marriage to Donald, then a flashy millionaire celebrity, disintegrated, she fought for custody of the three kids.

Ivana and Ivanka at a fashion show

With Eric in 1994

”I got them up at 7 and to school by 8. After school, Ivanka had piano lessons and ballet lessons and ice-skating lessons. Donald Jr. and Eric had karate or golf or whatever it was. Then they did their homework. By 7:30 they would be in a coma and in bed asleep. If you keep them busy, they have no time to get into trouble,’ Ivana said previously of her parenting

Ivana Trump poses with her children, Donald Trump Jr. (L), Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump (R) after lunch at Frederick's Madison November 16, 2006 in New York City

Ivana Trump poses with her children, Donald Trump Jr. (L), Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump (R) after lunch at Frederick’s Madison November 16, 2006 in New York City

‘I got total custody of the kids when I divorced Donald. That was non-negotiable. But even if Donald and I had stayed together, I would have raised the kids.

‘Donald was the kind of father who was at the office at 6 in the morning.

‘I would take the kids to his office after the breakfast and they would play on the floor with the Legos while Donald was on the telephone.

‘He provided for them and he loved them. But he does not know how to make small talk and he certainly was not going to say, ‘Oh, choo, choo, choo, choo. How cute we are today. Let’s go to the park in the stroller.’ No.

‘That was not his kind of thing. He only started talking to them when they were in university and they could talk business,’ she told The New York Post in 2018.

She was ‘devastated’ by Trump’s lawyers’ claims during divorce negotiations that she was a bad mother.

She also recalled one near stalemate where Trump announced: ‘I’m keeping Don Jr.’

She shot back: ‘Keep him. I have two others to raise,’ and told fondly how Don Jr., then a boy, was back in her arms within hours. I knew Donald would not know what to do with him. It was hurtful, but I could not be intimidated.’

She maintained that the key to keeping the kids grounded was ‘discipline’.

‘I got them up at 7 and to school by 8. After school, Ivanka had piano lessons and ballet lessons and ice-skating lessons.

Ivana with Eric Trump in September 2015. He paid tribute to her on Thursday after her death at the age of 73

Ivana with Eric Trump in September 2015. He paid tribute to her on Thursday after her death at the age of 73 

Ivana Trump leaves her New York home and drops off a Birthday present for Mother Ivana Trump

Ivana Trump leaves her New York home and drops off a Birthday present for Mother Ivana Trump

 Ivana Trump leaves her New York home and drops off a Birthday present for Mother Ivana Trump in February last year 

Donald Jr. and Eric had karate or golf or whatever it was. Then they did their homework. By 7:30 they would be in a coma and in bed asleep. If you keep them busy, they have no time to get into trouble.’

‘Then they did their homework. By 7:30 they would be in a coma and in bed asleep. If you keep them busy, they have no time to get into trouble. ‘

It was a formula that seemed to work – or at least that kept them close.

Throughout their adolescence, Ivanka was her mother’s plus-one

The children were regularly spotted visiting their mother at her Upper East Side home, that she shared with her own mother.

Now 96, she outlived her larger-than-life daughter. Ivana died at home on Thursday at the age of 73.

Her death was announced by her ex-husband, who said on behalf of the family: ‘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,’ he continued. ‘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!’

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