Ivana Trump, the former skier turned entrepreneur who was one half of a power couple in the 1980s, the first wife of former President Donald Trump, and the mother of his three oldest children, has died in New York, the family announced Thursday. She was 73 years old.
Former President Trump wrote on the social media app he founded that she died at her home in New York.
“She was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman who had a wonderful and inspiring life,” he wrote on the social network Truth Social. The couple had three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric.
“She was very proud of them, as we were all proud of her,” he wrote. “Rest in peace, Ivana!”.
Two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that police are investigating whether Ivana Trump fell down the stairs and believe her death was accidental.
She was found unconscious in the home near the stairs, the two people said. They cannot speak publicly about the matter and speak to the Associated Press news agency on condition of anonymity. The coroner’s office will determine the official cause of death.
“It’s been a very sad day, a very sad day,” Eric Trump said as he left his mother’s Manhattan home.
In a statement, he and the other children called her “an incredible woman – a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty and a caring mother and friend,” as well as a survivor.
“She ran away from communism and embraced this country,” their statement continued. “She taught her children about courage and toughness, compassion and determination.”
Former Czech-born skier and sometime model, Ivana Trump married the ex president in 1977.
“Our mother was an extraordinary woman, a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, a caring mother and friend. Ivana Trump was a survivor. She fled communism and embraced this country. She taught her children about courage and toughness, compassion and determination,” the Trump family wrote in a statement.
Ivana Trump was the first wife of Donald Trump. They married in 1977 and ended their marriage in 1992.