(NEW YORK POST) – Ivana Trump, the Czech American ex-wife of former President Donald Trump and mother of Ivanka, Eric and Don Jr., died Thursday. She was 73.
Trump was discovered at the bottom of a staircase in her home on 10 E. 64th St. in Manhattan at 12:40 p.m., police sources told The Post. Authorities believe she suffered cardiac arrest, but the official cause of death has yet to be determined. She was found by cops who were called to her home for a wellness check, police said.
“Our mother was an incredible woman — a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and caring mother and friend,” Eric Trump said in a statement announcing her death. “She will be dearly missed by her mother, her three children and ten grandchildren.”
A source close to Ivanka Trump told The Post the former first daughter is in “shock” over her mother’s death.
“They were super close,” the source said, adding that Ivana Trump had spent her last days with family in New York City.
“Her health has been in decline over the past few years,” the source added.
Outside her townhouse, Eric Trump told reporters, “It’s a very sad day, guys. It’s a very sad day,” as he left his mother’s home with wife Lara Trump.
“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,” the former president wrote on Truth Social, his social media platform. “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 Trump worked as a model in the early ’70s, and met the developer in New York City in 1976. Their marriage was subject to intense media scrutiny, particularly over his affair with model Marla Maples, whom he went on to marry. The pair then had daughter Tiffany Trump.
She proudly worked for the former president throughout their marriage, and was the CEO and president of the Atlantic City, NJ casino Trump’s Castle in the 80s. She also held the role as the Trump Organizations Vice President of interior design and manager of the Plaza Hotel.
The couple’s divorce received international attention, and during a deposition for its proceedings, Ivana Trump accused her then-husband of rape. She later disavowed the allegation while Donald Trump was running for office in 2015.
“I have recently read some comments attributed to me from nearly 30 years ago at a time of very high tension during my divorce from Donald,” she said in the July 2015 statement. “The story is totally without merit. Donald and I are the best of friends and together have raised 3 children that we love and are very proud of.”
A source said she called Donald Trump all the time during his presidency to give him advice and often called herself the “real Mrs. Trump.”
Ivana Trump told Vanity Fair in 1988 that “Donald calls me his twin as a woman” and often referred to the former president as “The Donald.” Following the couple’s divorce, she told Oprah Winfrey in a 1992 interview that “I will not let men dominate me anymore.”
Trump made an iconic cameo in the 1996 film “The First Wives Club,” saying, “Ladies, you have to be strong and independent. And remember: don’t get mad, get everything!”
She went on to marry twice after Donald Trump. First to Italian businessman Riccardo Mazzucchelli in 1995, whom she divorced two years later, and again to Rossano Rubicondi in 2008. Rubicondi, an Italian model and actor, was more than 20 years her junior.
The couple was married at Mar-A-Lago in a wedding hosted by the former president and Ivanka served as the maid of honor. They divorced a year later, but later got back together until officially ending things in 2019. Rubicondi died in 2021 from melanoma complications.
Trump spilt her time in the final years between New York, Miami and St-Tropez. While she was known for her exorbitant life style, sources told Page Six in 2018 that she was known to eat at an Upper East Side food cart, often ordering a hot dog.
Roger Stone, a friend of hers going back five decades, said Thursday that Ivana “was a gracious lady, a great mother and an incredible hostess. I was sad to hear of her passing.”
Stone commended her work as a businesswoman, saying she “ran a tight ship at the Plaza.”