Ivana Trump (born name: Ivana Marie Zelníčková), businesswoman, author, and first wife of You Know Who, died today in NYC. It seems that Ivana’s death was pretty sudden because TMZ says that paramedics went to Ivana’s home in NYC this afternoon after the NYPD got a call about her going into cardiac arrest. ABC News adds that Ivana was found at the bottom of the stairs of her home. Ivana was 73.
Ivana’s ex-husband Donald Trump was the first to announce the news on his social media site:
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. Rest In Peace, Ivana!
ABC News heard from police sources who say that police are investigating how Ivana ended up at the bottom of the stairs. It seems suspicious to me but police say her death is not suspicious and it’s believed that she died of natural causes.
Ivana Trump was found unconscious and unresponsive at the bottom of a set of stairs in her apartment, according to police sources. The police are investigating whether she fell and, if so, whether the fall contributed in any way to her death, the sources said. A medical examiner will determine her cause of death, police said.
Ivana was born in Czechoslovakia and got into skiing early on, which allowed her to travel past the Soviet-era communist borders. Ivana went to college in Prague and got her master’s degree in physical education. Ivana married her first husband Alfred Winklmayr, an Austrian ski instructor, in 1971 but she didn’t marry him for love or money. She married for papers! Ivana and Alfred were platonic friends and he agreed to marry her so she could get Austrian citizenship, and with that, she could leave Communist Czechoslovakia without defection. Ivana and Alfred divorced in 1973. And after she lived in Canada for a bit, she modeled in NYC and that’s where she met Donald Trump. They married in 1977. Ivana was an interior design executive at The Trump Organization, and as we all know, birthed three more Trumps. Two of Ivana’s children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, along with their father, are scheduled to testify tomorrow during the New York attorney general’s civil investigation into Trump’s business practices.
As with nearly everything that Donald Trump is involved with, his split and divorce from Ivana was a dumpster fire wreck and the editors at The New York Post probably started every day back then thanking God for the Trumps. In 1989, Ivana got into it in Aspen with her husband’s then-mistress (and later second wife) Marla Maples. A year later, Ivana and Donald were battling it out in a messy divorce fight. Ivana accused Donald of physical and sexual assault during their marriage but she later said that she doesn’t “want [her] words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.” They eventually settled things and Ivana became legally free of Trump in 1992.
During Ivana’s post-Donald life, she had a jewelry line for HSN, bought a newspaper in Croatia, published several books, was on Celebrity Big Brother UK, and hosted the early-aughts boy toy reality special Ivana Young Man (yes, I watched every second of that). Ivana went on to marry two more times. She was married to Italian businessman Riccardo Mazzucchelli from 1995 to 1997 and to Italian actor/model Rossano Rubicondi from 2008 to 2009.
Ivana and Trump were friendlier after their divorce and she supported him during his run as POTUS, even agreeing with his racist comments about immigrants being criminals. But when Trump offered her the gig of ambassador to the Czech Republic, she turned him down because she didn’t want to give up her jet-settling life of leisure and luxury.
And this wouldn’t be an Ivana Trump obit if I did not mention her delivering the motto of rich scorned wives everywhere in The First Wives Club:
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