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


Ivana Trump (Reuters)

Ivana Trump, the primary spouse of former U.S. President Donald Trump and the mom of his three oldest kids, who helped her husband construct a few of his signature buildings together with Trump Tower, died on Thursday at age 73, Donald Trump introduced.

“I’m very saddened to tell all of those who beloved her, of which there are a lot of, that Ivana Trump has handed away at her house in New York Metropolis,” Trump mentioned in a publish on the social medial platform Fact Social.

The couple married in 1977 and divorced in 1992. That they had three kids collectively: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric.

“Ivana Trump was a survivor. She fled from communism and embraced this nation. She taught her kids about grit and toughness, compassion and willpower,” the Trump household mentioned in a press release. She grew up underneath Communist rule within the former Czechoslovakia.

Neither the Trump household assertion nor the publish from the previous president talked about the reason for loss of life, however a police spokesperson mentioned she was discovered lifeless on the steps inside her residence and that foul play was not suspected.

The New York Instances, citing unnamed regulation enforcement officers, mentioned it appeared unintended and he or she could have fallen down the steps.

The Hearth Division of New York mentioned paramedics responded to a name to her residence for a cardiac arrest.

She was born Ivana Marie Zelnickova on Feb. 20, 1949, in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia, the city the place she grew up close to Prague that’s now generally known as Zlin within the Czech Republic.

She spent a lot of her youth in aggressive snowboarding for the Czechoslovakian nationwide system, later competing for Charles College in Prague, the place she earned a grasp’s diploma in bodily training and languages, in accordance with her biography posted by CMG Worldwide, a enterprise company for celebrities that represented her.

After college, she adopted her love curiosity on the time, skilled skier George Syrovatka, to Canada, and later started modeling for the Audrey Morris company in Montreal, CMG mentioned.

Whereas on a modeling journey to New York in 1976, she met Donald Trump, CMG mentioned, they usually had been married 9 months later.

Ivana Trump performed a job in build up the Trump media picture within the Eighties, once they had been certainly one of New York Metropolis’s most distinguished energy {couples}.

Whereas Donald Trump took the credit score for his early success breaking into the extremely aggressive Manhattan actual property market, Ivana Trump additionally crammed an vital position within the household enterprise quickly after their marriage, the New York Instances reported.

She labored alongside her husband in creating Trump Tower, his signature constructing on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and different high-profile tasks such because the Trump Taj Mahal On line casino Resort in Atlantic Metropolis, New Jersey, the Instances mentioned.

Ivana Trump was the vice chairman for inside design for the Trump Group and managed the historic Plaza Lodge, which Trump acquired in 1988 all whereas elevating their three kids.

Their divorce, which got here after Donald Trump’s extremely publicized affair with Marla Maples, whom he later married, was fodder for the New York tabloids.

A New York decide cited “merciless and inhuman remedy” by Donald Trump in granting Ivana Trump’s request for divorce.

She appeared within the 1996 movie “First Wives Membership,” wherein she tells three girls whose husbands dumped them for younger ladies, “Don’t get mad. Get every little thing.”

In her divorce settlement, Ivana Trump obtained $14 million plus $650,000 per yr to assist their three kids, a 45-room mansion in Connecticut, an residence in Trump Plaza, and use of the Mar-a-Lago mansion in Florida for one month a yr, the New York Instances reported.

No matter their earlier variations, Ivana Trump supported her former husband’s run for the White Home in 2016, telling interviewers she periodically provided him recommendation.

She advised CBS tv in 2017 that Trump provided her the ambassadorship to the Czech Republic however that she turned it down.

Ivana Trump is survived by her mom, her three kids and 10 grandchildren, the household assertion mentioned.

She married three different instances, together with as soon as earlier than she met Trump in what she described as a Chilly Battle marriage to acquire an Austrian passport. Her two later marriages additionally resulted in divorce.

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