Ivana Trump, the first wife of former US President Donald Trump, has died at the age of 73, the family said in a statement.

Ivana Trump was the first wife of Donald Trump and together they had three children: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric. They married in 1977 and divorced 15 years later, in 1992.

“Our mother was an incredible woman: a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and a loving mother and friend,” the statement read.

“She was a survivor. She fled communism and embraced this country. She raised her children in strength, tenacity, compassion and determination,” he adds.

“She was a wonderful, beautiful, amazing woman who led a great and inspiring life. Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric. She was as proud of them as we all were of her. Rest well! In peace, Ivana!” Trump wrote.

Model and celebrity

She was born Ivana Marie Zelníčková in former Soviet-era Czechoslovakia.

Her skill as a skier led her to represent the country in international competitions. She was first married to Alfred Winklmayr, an Austrian ski instructor and friend of hers by whom she gained Austrian citizenship. She was thus able to leave the country without being persecuted as a deserter.

In 1975 she moved to Canada, where she began a career as a model. She appeared on catwalks in New York, where she met Donald Trump in 1976 and the following year they were married. They were one of the most notable couples in the Big Apple in the 1980s and 1990s.

Both undertook the most important real estate projects of the Trump Organization, such as the Trump Tower, the Plaza Hotel or the Taj Mahal casino. The couple’s separation in 1992 was the subject of intense public scrutiny.

After the divorce, Ivana Trump launched her own lines of beauty products, clothing, and jewelry. She described raising all three children in his memoir titled Raising Trump . She explained that her relationship with Trump had improved since her split and that she spoke to him once a week.

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