Ivana Trump at the Plaza Hotel on June 13, 2018 in New York. Photo / AP
Ivana Trump, the first wife of former President Donald Trump and mother of his oldest children, died accidentally from blunt injuries to her torso, the medical examiner’s office in New York City said local time Friday.
Police had investigated whether she had fallen down the stairs, two people familiar with the case told the Associated Press on Thursday. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they could not discuss the matter publicly.
The coroner’s brief report did not say when the accident occurred. Trump announced on Thursday that Ivana has died at her home near Central Park on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. She was 73.
This is because it was revealed that Trump was in such bad physical shape with a sick hip two weeks ago that she couldn’t even leave her house for a trip to the Hamptons, a close friend told The NY Post on Friday.
“Something was wrong with her hip, she couldn’t walk,” Zach Erdem, owner of the Southampton hotspot 75 Main, a Trump favorite she planned to visit earlier this month, told the NY Post.
“She was supposed to come two weeks ago, but she felt bad. … She said she wasn’t feeling well,” Erdem recalls.
“She said she had pain in her leg. … She couldn’t leave her house.”
Her son Eric Trump said it was “a very sad day, a very sad day” when he left the house on Thursday.
Ivana, a Czech-born ski racer and businesswoman, was born Ivana Zelnickova in 1949.
She was married to the former president from 1977 to 1992 and they had three children together: Donald Jr, Ivanka and Eric.
The Trumps became a power couple of the 1980s, and they managed one of his casinos in Atlantic City and helped furnish Trump Tower. Their marriage ended in a messy, public divorce after Trump met his next wife, Marla Maples.
But in recent years, Ivana was on good terms with her ex-husband. She wrote in a 2017 book that they talked about once a week.
Her death came at a difficult time for the Trump family. Two of her children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, as well as the former president were set to appear for questioning in the coming days in the New York Attorney General’s civil investigation into the family’s business practices. But the attorney general’s office agreed to postpone the statements — a time limit for extrajudicial questioning under oath — because of Ivana’s death.