Ivana Trump, the first wife of former President Donald Trump and the mother of his three eldest children, was found ‘unconscious and unresponsive’ in her New York home on Thursday, authorities said, after she allegedly fell into a a stair. She was 73 years old.
In a report to The Daily Beast, the Trump family confirmed her death, calling the former model and socialite “an incredible woman — a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and a caring mother and friend.”
Married from 1977 until their separation in 1992, Donald and Ivana Trump shared three children: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric.
The NYPD said officers received a 911 call Thursday and found Ivana unconscious around 12:40 p.m. “Emergency Medical Services responded to the location and pronounced the victim dead at the scene,” the report said. communicated. “There doesn’t seem to be any crime. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
Two sources said The New York Times that authorities were investigating whether she fell down a flight of stairs at her four-story townhouse on the Upper East Side.
Ivana’s most recent ex-husband, Rossano Rubicondi, died last year. She said People when she was “devastated” by the death of the Italian actor.
The former president took to Truth Social on Thursday to break the news of his ex-wife’s death. “I am deeply saddened to inform all who loved her, of whom there are many, that Ivana Trump has passed away at her home in New York,” he wrote. “She was a wonderful, beautiful and incredible woman who led a wonderful and inspiring life.”
Born in 1949 under communist rule in what was then Czechoslovakia, Ivana Zelníčková was a competitive skier and model who moved to Montreal in the early 1970s. But it was on a fateful trip to New York in 1976 that she first met a young Donald Trump. They married three weeks later, according to a 1990 New York profile, and moved into an eight-room apartment overlooking Central Park.
Ivana “was an appendage” of the image-obsessed real estate scion who made his wife general manager of an Atlantic City hotel in 1985, a friend told the magazine.. “But she loved it,” the pal said. After having two children, Ivana flourished as a businesswoman, often spending half the week working outside of New York.
But in the latter half of the decade, the power couple’s marriage was strained. Not only were they separated more often, but Donald was also increasingly jealous of the media coverage given to his ambitious wife. He reportedly went ‘berserk’ every time he saw his name printed, a friend recalled to New York.
And then there were his running ways, which came to a head during a ski vacation in Colorado in 1989 when a woman named Marla Maples approached Ivana. In his 2017 book Raise Trump, Ivana recounted the incident.
“This young blonde lady walked up to me out of the blue and said ‘I’m Marla and I love your husband. Do you?'” she wrote. “I said ‘Go away. I love my husband.’ It wasn’t very feminine, but I was in shock.
Their marriage fell apart soon after and the bitter divorce battle in the early 1990s had the tabloids dreaming, with New York gossip columns lapping up rumors of her cheating, reveling as she exploded into total war.
Ivana kept her ex-husband’s last name, plus more than $14 million and a 45-bedroom Connecticut mansion, according to The New York Times.
Ivana never forgave Maples – whom she called “the showgirl” – for stealing from her husband. After the affair, Maples and Donald Trump were married in 1993. In her memoir, Ivana said Trump’s infidelity took her “through hell” and left her with “deep scars.”
“I’m not saying that without the showgirl, Donald and I would still be together or that my life since our divorce hasn’t been a wonderful adventure of love, travel, success and laughter,” she said. writing. . “I had a fabulous life.”
Two years after her divorce, Ivana married Italian businessman Riccardo Mazzucchelli, but the union lasted more than two years. She had a longer relationship with Italian Count Roffredo Gaetani dell’Aquila, who died in 2005. She married Rubicondi in 2008 after six years of dating. Their $3 million wedding ceremony was hosted by the future president of the Mar-a-Lago Club, according to People.
Ivana and Rubicondi divorced within a year, but the split was “amicable”, according to her, and the two maintained an on-again-off-again relationship until 2019.
Rubicondi’s death last October is said to have “devastated” Ivana, who was allowed by her parents to keep half of her ashes. The parents said People that the ex-model had taken care of their son through the past year of a secret battle with liver cancer.
In Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, published in 1993, author Harry Hurt III unearthed a sexual assault complaint made by Ivana against her ex-husband three years earlier. In a divorce deposition, Ivana claimed an enraged Trump raped her after ‘scalp reduction’ surgery left him in pain. Hurt wrote that two of Ivana’s friends corroborated the details of the alleged assault.
The rape allegation resurfaced during Trump’s first presidential campaign. The candidate’s attorney at the time, Michael Cohen, told The Daily Beast that Trump had “never raped anyone.” He also claimed, wrongly, that “you can’t rape your wife”. Cohen later apologized for the comment, but not without separately calling a Daily Beast reporter “idiot” and threatening to do “something disgusting” to him.
Ivana, for her part, disavowed her testimony in a statement given to Hurt by Trump and his lawyers. It was printed on the first page of Lost tycoon, with Ivana claiming her previous words were taken the wrong way.
“[O]On one occasion in 1989, Mr. Trump and I had a marital relationship in which he behaved very differently towards me than during our marriage,” she said. “As a woman, I felt violated, because the love and tenderness he normally showed towards me was absent. I called it ‘rape’, but I don’t want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.”
Ivana also actively supported her ex-husband’s candidacy for the presidency, telling the New York Post in 2016 that she was advising him on his campaign.
“I’m suggesting a few things,” she told the newspaper. “We talk before and after the appearances and he asks me what I thought about it.” She added that she tried to suppress what she called Trump’s “outspoken” nature, advising him to “stay more calm.”
She told ABC hello america a year later she had a “direct number” to the Oval Office. “But I don’t really want to call him there because Melania is there and I don’t want to cause jealousy or anything like that, because I’m basically Trump’s first wife, okay? I’m first lady, okay? she continued, laughing.
Ivana’s business acumen also blossomed in the decades following her first marriage. A formidable real estate investor in the United States and Europe, she ran her own clothing, beauty and jewelry lines. In addition to Raise Trump, she wrote several other books and maintained an advice column for the weekly tabloid World.
“Ivana Trump was a survivor,” the Trump family said Thursday. “She fled communism and embraced this country. She taught her children courage and tenacity, compassion and determination. She will be sadly missed by her mother, her three children and her 10 grandchildren.