Ivana Trump, the 1980s fashion icon and businesswoman who helped Donald Trump build the empire that propelled him to the presidency, lived a “beautiful life,” the former president said as loved ones paid their respects to her in New York. On Wednesday, Ivana Trump’s ex-husband joined their children, as well as a slew of other relatives and friends, at a Manhattan church for her funeral mass.
“A very sad day, but also a celebration of a wonderful and beautiful life,” Mr Trump wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social, before heading to St Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church with his current wife, Melania Trump, and their son, Barron.
Donald Jr, Ivanka, and Eric Trump, Ivana and Donald Trump’s three children, stood with their father and families as the gold-toned casket was carried from St Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church in Manhattan.Eric Trump briefly wrapped his arm around his sister’s shoulders while she clutched the hand of one of her small children, who clutched a red flower.
Tiffany Trump, the former president’s daughter with his second wife, Marla Maples, attended the service, as did family friends Jeanine Pirro, co-host of Fox News’ The Five, and Charles Kushner, a real estate developer and the father of Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner. Ivana Trump’s longtime friend, fashion designer Dennis Basso, was also among the mourners.
As he exited, longtime friend R Couri Hay described the mass as “an elegant, wonderful send-off for Ivana Trump.”Ms Trump’s family announced on Thursday that she died at her Manhattan home at the age of 73. According to authorities, her death was an accident caused by blunt impact injuries to her torso.
Ivana and Donald Trump married from 1977 to 1992 after meeting in the 1970s.They were a power couple in the 1980s, and she became well-known in her own right, instantly recognisable with her blond hair in an updo and her glamorous appearance. Ivana Trump was also involved in her husband’s businesses, managing one of his Atlantic City casinos and selecting some of the design elements for Trump Tower in New York City.Their public divorce was ugly, but they have been friendly in recent years. Ivana Trump was a vocal supporter of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and claimed they spoke frequently.