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Donald Trump’s first wife Ivana Trump passed away at the age of 73 on July 14, 2022. Paramedics responded to a medical emergency at her apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and Trump shared the news of her death on his social media platform Truth Social later that day, writing: “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. She was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life. Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. She was so proud of them, as we were all so proud of her.”
It was a warm tribute that those who closely followed Donald and Ivana’s relationship in the ’90s likely never thought they’d see, as the couple’s A-list life imploded in a messy divorce in 1992. But Ivana and Donald repaired their relationship long before her passing this year, and has been an influential force in Donald Trump’s life from the very beginning.
Heartbroken by the passing of my mother. Mom was brilliant, charming, passionate and wickedly funny. She lived life to the fullest — never forgoing an opportunity to laugh and dance.
I will miss her forever and will keep her memory alive in our hearts always. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/EyhrLNLUJw
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 14, 2022
Famously calling herself the “real First Lady” in 2017 and writing several books about her experience in (and leaving) the Trump family, Ivana Trump has always embodied the key tenets of Trump-ism: she pursued money and fame unapologetically, carefully curated her image, and perhaps most importantly, always found her way back to Donald Trump’s side to support him. Her high-profile life continued well beyond her marriage to The Donald, as she once called him — let’s take a look back at how they met and how their famous relationship played out.