The news of the passing of Ivana Trump, the first wife of former president Donald Trump, caught the world by storm. At the time of her passing, she was 73 years old. Ivana was the mother of three of Donald Trump’s children, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka, and Eric.

At the moment, neither the Trump family statement nor the post put out by Donald Trump himself has mentioned Ivana’s cause of death.

The former president shared the news of his ex-wife’s passing on the social media platform Truth Social where he wrote: “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.”

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Her children, who are devastated and in deep mourning over the loss of their mother remember her as an “incredible woman – a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty and caring mother and friend.”

Their family statement read: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Ivana Trump. She fled from communism and embraced this country.

“She taught her children about grit and toughness, compassion and determination. She will be dearly missed by her mother, her three children, and ten grandchildren.”

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What is known of Ivana Trump’s sudden passing comes from The Fire Department of New York. According to Reuters, first responders answered a call about cardiac arrest at an “aided individual” at about 12.40. p.m. When they arrived at Ivana’s apartment, they found a “73-year-old female unconscious and unresponsive.”

Although the exact cause of death hasn’t been revealed, the New York Police Department said there did not “appear to be any criminality” related to her death.

Ivana Trump was considered to be a very important and influential person in Trump’s life as she’s credited with helping him build his empire.

Ivana was born on February 20, 1949 in Gottwaldov, today’s Zlin, Czechoslovakia, today’s Czech Republic.

As a child, she had it all. Her father Milos was very strict, but he taught his daughter to be disciplined. Ivana was very good at athletics and learned how to ski when she was around three years old. Some of her former classmates describe her as a very bright and intelligent woman who excelled at school.

Her beauty helped her get into the modeling industry and work with some of the most famous names in the world of fashion at the time after finding her way out of Communist-controlled Czechoslovakia.

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Once in Canada, Ivana met and later married Austrian skier Alfred Winklmayr. The two stayed together for two years, and then in 1976, Ivana went to New York at a fashion show and that’s when her love story with the former president Trump began.

In her memoir, Ivana wrote how she and some friends were at Maxwell’s Plum, described by a 1988 The New York Times article as “a flamboyant restaurant and singles bar that, more than any place of its kind, symbolized two social revolutions of the 1960s – sex and food.” 

Getting a table there wasn’t easy, and as Ivana was waiting, this tall man with blue eyes tapped her on the shoulder, introduced himself as Donald Trump, and told her he will arrange a table for her. “I look at my friends and said, ‘The good news is, we’re going to get a table real fast. The bad news is, this guy is going to be sitting with us,’” she said in an interview with the NY Post.

After the dinner, Donald paid the bill and left the place. Once she was out, Ivana noticed him waiting for her in his limousine, and that’s how they started dating. At the time, Donald was the richest and most influential mogul who had just inherited his father’s empire and business.

NEW YORK, NY – 1982: Ivana Trump and Donald Trump are seen in December 1982 in New York City. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images

Shortly after, Donald and Ivana tied the knot. First, their son Donald Trump Jr.was born, and then they welcomed their daughter Ivanka and son Eric.

After 14 years of marriage, the two divorced, and at the time, all eyes were on them. Ivana received $25 million and custody over her kids. Speaking of Donald, she always praised him of being the father every child could ask for. Although strict and unconventional, Donald was devoted and his children love him and support him.

“Donald might not have been the greatest husband to me, but he was a good father to the kids,” Ivana wrote. “Obviously, they adore him and are fiercely loyal to him. If he were a horrible dad, that would not be the case. If Donald wants to write a book about fatherhood, I would be happy to read it.

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“I believe the credit for raising such great kids belongs to me. I was in charge of raising our children before our divorce, and I had sole custody of them after the split,” she wrote in her memoir Raising Trump. “When each one finished college, I said to my ex-husband, “Here is the finished product. Now it’s your turn.”

After Donald, Ivana was married twice. Both times with men younger than her.

Rest in peace, Ivana Trump. 

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