Ivana Trump, the ex-wife of former President Donald Trump, died at the age of 73, her family told ABC News.
The former president said she died at her home in New York City.
Ivana Trump was Donald Trump’s first wife. They had three children together: Donald Jr, Ivanka, and Eric Trump.
“Our mother was an incredible woman: a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and a loving mother and friend,” the Trump family said in a statement.
“Ivana Trump was a survivor. She fled communism and embraced this country. She taught her children about determination and toughness, compassion and determination,” the family said. “Her mother, her three children, and 10 grandchildren will miss her dearly.”
As Eric Trump left his mother’s apartment building Thursday afternoon, he told reporters, “It’s been a very sad day.”
Manhattan paramedics responding to a cardiac arrest call found a 73-year-old woman in the Upper East Side apartment where Ivana Trump lived shortly after 12:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the FDNY. She was pronounced dead at the scene, the NYPD said.
Ivana Trump was found unconscious and unconscious at the bottom of a flight of stairs in her apartment, police sources said. Police are investigating whether she fell and, if so, whether the fall contributed in any way to her death, the sources said. A medical examiner will determine the cause of his death, police said.
In a statement on his Truth Social platform, the former president remembered Ivana as a “wonderful, beautiful and incredible woman who led a great and inspiring life.”
“Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr, Ivanka, and Eric,” he wrote. “She was so proud of them, as we were all so proud of her.”
“She was a wonderful, beautiful, amazing woman who led a great and inspiring life,” said Donald Trump, 76.
“Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr, Ivanka, and Eric. She was so proud of them, as we all were of her. rest in peace, Ivana!” he added in the release.
Ivana Trump, a model who grew up under Communist rule in former Czechoslovakia, married Donald Trump, then a budding real estate developer, in 1977.
Their first child, Donald Jr. was born later that year. Ivanka was born in 1981 and Eric followed in 1984.
Eric Trump posted a tribute to his mother, who was also an accomplished skier during her childhood in Eastern Europe, on Instagram on Thursday.
“Our mother was an incredible woman: a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and a loving mother and friend,” the post read.
“Her mother, her three children, and 10 grandchildren will miss her dearly,” it added.
Throughout the 1980s, the Trumps were one of New York’s most high-profile couples, and their extravagant lifestyle exemplified the gaudy excesses of the decade.
Their power and celebrity grew as Donald Trump’s real estate business boomed, with Ivana Trump assuming a number of key roles in the business.
Their high-profile split, rumored to have been caused in part by Donald Trump’s affair with actress Marla Maples, provided juicy content for the New York tabloids.
Donald Trump and Ivana Trump divorced in the early 1990s and in 1993 the future president married Maples.
Ivana Trump enjoyed a successful business career of her own, developing clothing, jewelry, and beauty products and writing several books.