Donald Trump pays tribute to first wife Ivana, who has died aged 73

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By stefan armitage

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Donald Trump has paid tribute to his ex-wife Ivana, who has sadly passed away at the age of 73.

Per BBC News, Ivana's family released a statement announcing her passing, saying: "Our mother was an incredible woman - a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and caring mother and friend."

The statement continued: "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 was the first wife of former United States President Donald Trump, with the former couple being married from 1977 to 1992. They shared three children - Donald Trump Jr., 44, Ivanka Trump, 40, and Eric Trump, 38.

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In a tribute to his late ex-wife on his social media platform Truth Social, Trump described Ivana as "a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman".

The former POTUS continued: "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."

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He added: "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!"

As reported by ABC News, the FDNY says that Manhattan paramedics responded to a call at an Upper East Side apartment where Ivana Trump lived just after 12:30PM on Thursday (July 14). It has been reported that responders found a 73-year-old woman suffering from cardiac arrest.

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Although Ivana was Donald's first wife, she had previously married Alfred Winklmayr - an Austrian ski instructor and her platonic friend - back in 1971.

Their marriage was a means of obtaining Austrian citizenship with Ivana being recognized as a defector of her home nation, Communist Czechoslovakia. This would mean she could still return to her home country to visit her parents.

Following their divorce in 19723 Ivana would move to Canada, where she would eventually become a model - a career move that led to her meeting future husband Donald Trump in New York City.

Ivana worked for years in Trump's business empire, first as vice president of interior design, and later as president of the Trump’s Castle casino resort in Atlantic City.

Following her marriage to Donald Trump, Ivana would go on to marry Italian entrepreneur and businessman Riccardo Mazzucchelli from 1995 to 1997, and Italian actor and model Rossano Rubicondi, whom she was married to from 2008 to 2009.

However, following their divorce, Trump and Rubicondi continued an on-and-off-again relationship up until 2019. Rubicondi died two years later.

Our thoughts are with Ivana's family, friends, and fans at this time.

Featured image credit: MediaPunch Inc / Alamy

Donald Trump pays tribute to first wife Ivana, who has died aged 73

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

Donald Trump has paid tribute to his ex-wife Ivana, who has sadly passed away at the age of 73.

Per BBC News, Ivana's family released a statement announcing her passing, saying: "Our mother was an incredible woman - a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and caring mother and friend."

The statement continued: "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 was the first wife of former United States President Donald Trump, with the former couple being married from 1977 to 1992. They shared three children - Donald Trump Jr., 44, Ivanka Trump, 40, and Eric Trump, 38.

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Credit: MediaPunch Inc / Alamy

In a tribute to his late ex-wife on his social media platform Truth Social, Trump described Ivana as "a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman".

The former POTUS continued: "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."

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Credit: LANDMARK MEDIA / Alamy

He added: "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!"

As reported by ABC News, the FDNY says that Manhattan paramedics responded to a call at an Upper East Side apartment where Ivana Trump lived just after 12:30PM on Thursday (July 14). It has been reported that responders found a 73-year-old woman suffering from cardiac arrest.

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Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy

Although Ivana was Donald's first wife, she had previously married Alfred Winklmayr - an Austrian ski instructor and her platonic friend - back in 1971.

Their marriage was a means of obtaining Austrian citizenship with Ivana being recognized as a defector of her home nation, Communist Czechoslovakia. This would mean she could still return to her home country to visit her parents.

Following their divorce in 19723 Ivana would move to Canada, where she would eventually become a model - a career move that led to her meeting future husband Donald Trump in New York City.

Ivana worked for years in Trump's business empire, first as vice president of interior design, and later as president of the Trump’s Castle casino resort in Atlantic City.

Following her marriage to Donald Trump, Ivana would go on to marry Italian entrepreneur and businessman Riccardo Mazzucchelli from 1995 to 1997, and Italian actor and model Rossano Rubicondi, whom she was married to from 2008 to 2009.

However, following their divorce, Trump and Rubicondi continued an on-and-off-again relationship up until 2019. Rubicondi died two years later.

Our thoughts are with Ivana's family, friends, and fans at this time.

Featured image credit: MediaPunch Inc / Alamy