Former President Donald Trump paid his respects to his first wife, Ivana Trump, joining his three children Wednesday at a funeral mass for the businesswoman who helped build an empire that launched him to the presidency.
“A very sad day, but at the same time a celebration of a wonderful and beautiful life”the former president wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social, before heading to Mass with his current wife, former first lady Melania Trump.
The three children of Donald and Ivana Trump –Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric– and their families followed Ivana’s golden coffin to the St. Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Tiffany Trump, the daughter of the former president and his second wife, Marla Maples, also attended the service, as did family friends like Jeanine Pirro, co-host of Fox News’ “The Five,” and Charles Kushner, a real estate developer. and father of Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner. Fashion designer Dennis Basso, a longtime friend of Ivana Trump, was also among the mourners.
The mass was “an elegant and wonderful farewell for Ivana Trump”, his old friend R. Couri Hay said at the exit.
Trump’s family announced Thursday that the 73-year-old woman died at her Manhattan home. Authorities said the death was an accidentwith blunt impact injuries to his torso as the cause.
Ivana and Donald Trump met in the 1970s and were married from 1977 to 1992. In the ’80s they were a power couple, and she became well known in her own right, instantly recognizable with her updo blonde hair and glam look.
Ivana Trump was also involved in her husband’s business dealings, running one of his Atlantic City casinos and choosing some of the design elements for Trump Tower in New York.
Their divorce, very public, was complicated but in recent years they were friendly. Ivan Trump was an enthusiastic supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 and said they spoke regularly.
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