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Ivana Trump Found Dead in Her New York Apartment Home

Donald Trump's first wife has passed away.

Donald Trump's first wife has passed away.

Shocking death

Ivanna Trump, the first wife of former president Donald Trump was found dead in her Manhattan apartment home. Her demise is shocking because it seems so sudden and unexpected. The death of the 73-year-old is being reported by The Sun and other news outlets and confirmed by her family as taking place on Thursday, July 14. There has been no mention in the news of her being ill and no other details such as a cause of death are available at this time. Updates, however, are sure to come. She was born Ivana Marie Zelníčková, on February 20, 1949, and was a former model, media personality, businesswoman, and author. Her claim to fame came during her high-profile marriage to the former president prior to his ascention to the Oval Office. but she clearly made a name for herself over the years. Ivanka lived in Canada in the 1970s before moving to the United States and marrying The Donald in1977. She held key managerial positions in the Trump organization as CEO and president of Trump's Castle casino resort, vice president of interior design, and as manager of the Plaza Hotel. After her divorce in 1992, she developed her own lines of fashion jewelry, clothing, and beauty products which were sold on the Home Shopping Network and QVC London. The former Mrs. Donald Trump wrote an advice column for Globe called "Ask Ivana" from 1995 through 2010. She has also published several books including an autobiography, self-help, and fiction works.

Ivana's life and loves

Ivana was born in the Moravian city of Zlin which was known as Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia between 1949 and 1990. She joined a junior ski team that allowed her to travel beyond the borders of the Soviet Union and she graduated from Charles University in Prague in 1972 with a master's degree in Physical Education. She had claimed that she was on the Olympic ski team but no records could verify this was true. Ivana Zelníčková married a platonic friend Alfred Winklmay in 1971 in order to gain Austrian citizenship which she obtained in 1972. They divorced in 1973 and she began spending time with lyricist and playwright George Staidi who was killed in a car accident that same year. After Staidi's death, Zelníčková moved to Canada and she began living with George Syrovatka whom she had been dating since 1967. Ivana worked as a ski instructor while living in Montreal for two years and she began taking night courses at McGill University in order to improve her English. After her marriage to Trump ended she wed Riccardo Mazzucchelli in 1995 and that union ended in 1997.​ . She began dating ​Roffredo Gaetani Lovatti in1997 and they remained together until his death in 2005. Ivana took the plunge again in 2008 with Rossano Rubicon and they divorced in 2009.

Additional facts

Donald and Ivana have three children: Donald Trump Jr, (born December 31, 1977), Ivana Marie Trump, who is known as Ivanka Trump, (born October 30, 1981), and Eric Trump (born January 6, 1984. At the last count, they had 10 grandchildren. Donald Jr. learned to speak fluent Czech with the help of his maternal grandfather, Miloš Zelníček. Ivanka gained only a basic understanding of her mother's native language, and by the time Eric was born his grandparents Milos and Marie Zelníčková had become comfortable speaking English so he was not exposed to his mother's native tongue at all. In 2018 there was a Netflix documentary miniseries on Donald Trump, Trump: An American Dream. A reviewer described Ivana as a "charismatic workaholic, a career woman, an equal", and a life partner deliberately chosen by Trump to "work beside him and challenge him." All of that came to an end in 1989 during an Aspen Ski trip when Ivana was shattered when she spotted her husband with his mistress Marla Maples who became the second Mrs. Donald Trump after the divorce from Ivana was finalized. There have been rumors that Ivana was under a gag order and not allowed to talk about Trump when he was running for president.

Ivana had a cameo appearance in the 1996 film The First Wives Club where she had the line, "Ladies, you have to be strong and independent. And remember, don't get mad, get everything."


Ivana Trump found dead


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© 2020 Cheryl E Preston


Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on August 30, 2020:

Thank you, Peggy. I thought I would share from a spiritual perspective.

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Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 30, 2020:

The world has lost a good man who led an exemplary life while here. Your tribute does him justice.

Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on August 30, 2020:

Thank you for reading Lorna. Yes very sad.

Lorna Lamon on August 30, 2020:

Such a sad loss to the world and yet he achieved so much in a short time. He is a wonderful example of courage, faith and hope, and this is a fitting tribute Cheryl. Thank you for sharing.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 30, 2020:

Thanks, Cheryl for leading a tribute to this Christian young man who lived a life of purpose. We mourn his loss. May his legacy of excellent work, faithfulness and courage in the face of cultural obstacles encourage others to follow in his steps!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 30, 2020:

His death is a tragic loss, and it was a shock to most people. Colon cancer is a tough diagnosis and he kept it private. I would think his faith helped him through this difficut time, Cheryl.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on August 30, 2020:

I think the world was shocked to hear of his passing. He was a great individual who achieved a lot in his short life.

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