Ivana Trump, first wife of Donald Trump and mother of Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump, passed away at the age of 73. Multiple news outlets report that the disgraced former president confirmed on Thursday that she passed away at her home in New York City. The Trump family released a statement saying, “Our mother was an incredible woman — a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and caring mother and friend.”
Ivana married Donald in 1977 and the two were frequently written up in the gossip pages of East Coast newspapers throughout the 1980s. Their marriage came to an end in 1992. This happened after it was publicly revealed that Donald was having an extramarital affair with Marla Maples. Maples became Trump’s second wife and gave birth to daughter Tiffany; Trump divorced Maples four years later.
It was through Donald Trump’s marriages that most New Yorkers growing up in the 1980s and 1990s learned about the legal practice of prenuptial agreements. Trump’s prenuptial agreement was reportedly handled by famed lawyer and terrible person Roy Cohn. Donald’s stinginess with money lead to a very acrimonious divorce that included allegations that Donald “verbally abused” Ivana and had “demeaned” her during their relationship.
She later did an interview with Vanity Fair where she claimed that Donald’s bedtime reading would occasionally include reading a book of Adolf Hitler’s collected speeches. Donald has denied this allegation but Ivana was able to get tens of millions more awarded to her in court.
According to NBC chief Washington correspondent Andrea Mitchell, Donald Trump is fundraising off of the announcement of his first wife’s death.
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