One of the best friends of Ivana Trump always worried that the late first wife of former President Donald Trump might slip on what she called the beautiful but “treacherous” staircase of her opulent home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, at the foot of which she was found Thursday.
“I have to tell you something, that has always been my fear,” Nikki Haskell told Extra TV.
“It had one of those really beautiful stairs that was impossible to walk down. Very narrow on the inside of the steps and wider on the outside. I was always afraid that I would fall. I don’t know what happened, but I don’t have a hard time believing that’s what happened: a treacherous staircase”.
Ivana Trump, 73, who reportedly had trouble walking and hip pain, was found at the bottom of the stairs, authorities said. The city medical examiner’s office has ruled his death accidental by a “blunt impact trauma,” but did not elaborate.
Ivana often posed in her lavish multi-million dollar home at 10 East 64th Street with the staircase in the background. Gossip columnist Rob Shuter told the News Nation Friday night that she had visited the apartment and she also called the ladder “treacherous”.
“The apartment was not as renovated or updated as you might think,” said Rob. “Those stairs were always dangerous. The carpet on those stairs was also a bit worn.”
On the other hand, Haskell, who dined with Ivana not long ago, said that in recent years Donald’s first wife, normally outgoing and gregarious, had become “lonely”.
“In the last two years, she became very lonely. She had a big house and she was very afraid of contracting the coronavirus, much more than anyone I know. She didn’t want to go anywhere, she didn’t want to trave, she took it very, very seriously. She was afraid of getting sick,” Shuter added, as reproduced by the New York Post.
But, according to reports, Ivana Trump was about to return to full activity, according to Haskell, and had been preparing to travel from New York to Saint Tropez, France, where she had a home.
“She finally made the decision: ‘Okay, I’m going out.’ She had stayed in New York all this time. She never left, she was alone and I’m sure it was a lot harder than she could imagine.” Haskell said that he recently asked Ivana what her plans were
“She said, ‘You know, Nikki, I’ve been working since I was 3 years old. I just want to rest. I just want to enjoy my life.’”
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