Ivana Trump Dies: Ex-Wife of Former President Donald Trump Was 73

Ivana Trump at the Society of Singers 14th Annual Ella Awards honoring Sir Elton John, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA 10-10-05. (Credit: Photo by s_bukley/Deposit Photos)

Ivana Trump, the ex-wife of former President Donald Trump, died Thursday in New York City. She was 73.

“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 said in a post on his Truth Social platform. “She was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life. Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric.”

She was found dead at 12:40 p.m. The New York Fire Department told the New York Post that she went into cardiac arrest and was deceased by the time paramedics arrived.

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Ivana Trump was born Ivana Zelnickova in Czechoslovakia. She left her homeland in the 1970s and married Donald Trump in 1977.

She was Trump’s first wife. They had three children together, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump, before divorcing in 1992. She worked in Trump’s business empire as a senior executive.

After divorcing, Mrs. Trump developed her own clothing and jewelry lines, which were sold on QVC and the Home Shopping Network. She also wrote several bestselling books, including “For Love Alone” (1992), “Free to Love” (1993) and a self-help book “The Best Is Yet to Come: Coping with Divorce and Enjoying Life Again” (1995).

Her children said in a statement, “Our mother was an incredible woman — a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and caring mother and friend.”

“Ivana Trump was a survivor. She fled from communism and embraced this country. She taught her children about grit and toughness, compassion and determination,” the statement continued. “She will be dearly missed by her mother, her three children and ten grandchildren.”