Former US President's first wife dies at 73
Former US President Donald's first wife and mother of his three children, Ivana, has died at 73. The Czech-born model has been described in the past as an “incredible woman” and advisor to her ex-husband while he was in the White House.
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Ivana Trump, first wife of former US President Donald Trump, has died in New York at the age of 73. Ivana and Donald Trump married in 1977 and had three children — Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric.
The New York Police Department said “no crime has been found” related to Ivana Trump's death. According to the statement, around 12:40 p.m., the police received an emergency call about “a person who received assistance.” Arriving paramedics found “a 73-year-old woman unconscious.”
The ambulance, police said, pronounced Ivana Trump dead at the scene and added that a medical examiner would determine the cause of death.
Trump announced the death of his ex-wife on his social network Truth Social: “I am very sad to inform all those who loved her, and there are many of them, that Ivana Trump passed away at her home in New York. She was a wonderful, beautiful and amazing woman who lived a wonderful and inspiring life. Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric. She was so proud of them, just as we were all so proud of her. Rest in peace, Ivana!»
Partners in love and business (Ivana was the manager of one of Trump's casinos in Atlantic City) Ivana and Donald Trump were regulars in the centers of New York social life until their public and dirty divorce in 1992.
At the time of Ivan's divorce Trump accused her husband of rape under oath in the early 1990s. She later said that she did not mean literal rape, but rather felt insulted.
But in recent years, the woman was on good terms with her ex-husband.
Ivana told the New York Post in 2016 that she was both a Trump supporter and adviser. “I suggest a few things, — she told the newspaper. – We talk before and after performances, and he asks me what I think.
She said she once advised him to “be more calm.” But Ivana added: “Donald cannot be calm. He is very outspoken. He just says it like it is.
In 2017, she told the television show Good Morning America that she spoke to then-President Trump about every two weeks and had his White House direct number, but she didn't want to call too often “because Melania is there.” “I don’t want to cause any jealousy or anything like that because I’m actually Trump’s first wife, okay? – she said with a laugh. — I'm the first lady, okay?»
Melania Trump's spokesperson at the time responded by saying that “there is clearly no point in this statement by the former, it is, unfortunately, only attention-grabbing and self-serving noise.”
Ivana Trump was born Ivan Zelnichkov in 1949 in the Czech city of Gotvaldov (Zlin) in the family of an electrical engineer and a telephone operator. In her youth, she was seriously involved in skiing. In 1971, Ivana married Austrian ski instructor Alfred Winklmayr and soon received Austrian citizenship. But already in 1973 she divorced Alfred in California.
She lived for some time in Canada where she worked as a ski instructor and model. In 1976, she met Donald Trump. In April 1977 they got married. In his book Trump: The Art of Doing Business, Donald Trump called Ivana Trump a “great manager” and described her as “demanding and very competitive.”
In 1989, while on vacation in Aspen, Colorado, a jealous conflict broke out between the spouses. On that day, Ivana came face to face with Marla Maples, who later became Trump's second wife and mother of their daughter Tiffany.
The Trumps' divorce proceedings were widely publicized. After breaking up with Donald, Ivana received $ 14 million, a 45-room mansion in Connecticut, an apartment in Trump Plaza; and the right to use the Mar-a-Lago mansion for one month a year.
“My mother — an energetic woman filled with a passion for life and adventure, which made it difficult for her to stay in one place for a long time, — wrote Ivanka Trump in her 2009 book The Trump Card. – My parents are strikingly similar in this respect. They drifted apart, and even when they were together, it seemed like they looked different, but they really had a common approach to life: all the time, all the time.
After her divorce from Trump, Ivana became a self-employed entrepreneur, launching a fashion line and writing several books. She married and divorced her third and fourth husbands and even made a cameo appearance as America's most famous ex-wife in The First Wives Club, where she had the immortal line “Don't be mad — get it all!"
In 2017, Ivana told CBS Sunday Morning that she turned down an offer from Donald Trump to become the United States ambassador to her native Czech Republic, citing her “freedom” and “ideal life”. “I just got an offer to be the US Ambassador to the Czech Republic and Donald told me. He said: “Ivana, if you want, I'll give it to you,” — the woman said. – But I like my freedom. I like to do what I want, go where I want, with whom I want. And I can afford my lifestyle. Okay, why would I go away and say goodbye to Miami in the winter, say goodbye to Saint Tropez in the summer, and say goodbye to spring and fall in New York? I have a perfect life».
The Trump family released a statement calling her “an incredible woman — a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, a caring mother and friend.” The statement went on to say: “Ivana Trump survived. She fled communism and embraced this country. She taught her children endurance and resilience, compassion and determination. Her mother, her three children and ten grandchildren will miss her greatly.”
Her daughter Ivanka Trump wrote on social media: “Heartbroken over the passing of my mother. Mom was brilliant, charming, passionate and terribly funny. She lived life to the fullest, never giving up the opportunity to laugh and dance. I will always miss her and will always hold her memory in our hearts.
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