Ivana Trump, ex-wife of Donald, dies at 73 in NYC apartment after fall
Ivana Trump, the Czech immigrant who emerged as a Manhattan social scene fixture and business partner to ex-President Donald Trump before their tabloid tsunami of a divorce, was found dead Thursday inside her Upper East Side home. She was 73.
Detectives believe Trump was fatally injured in a fall down the stairs of her apartment, perhaps after a medical episode. She was last seen alive Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., when her personal assistant and the housekeeper left the apartment, the official said.
When they returned Thursday morning, there was no answer at her locked door and they found the body after a building worker forced his way inside.
An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death.
“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,” Trump wrote.
“She was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life.”
The couple had three children, daughter Ivanka and sons Don Jr. and Eric, and were divorced after a 14-year marriage in 1992. He called the three children her “pride and joy.”
Son Eric, accompanied by his wife Laura, exited the apartment building around 5 p.m. and climbed into a waiting SUV.
“It’s a very sad day, guys, a very sad day,” said Eric shortly before an assistant came out carrying Ivana’s pet Yorkie, named Tiger.
The children also released a statement, calling her “an incredible woman — a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty and caring mother and friend. Ivana Trump was a survivor.”
Broadway producer Judith Ann Abrams, a friend and neighbor, said Ivana didn’t appear sick during their recent encounters.
“She might have had a little trouble walking,” she recalled. “… She was alone. For Ivana, it was a lot to cope with. But she was always well put-together, never a hair out of place. She was impeccable, God bless her.”