Ivana Trump, the 1980s style icon and businesswoman who helped Donald Trump build the empire that propelled him to the presidency, lived a “beautiful life, “Donald Trump recalled as loved ones paid their respects to her on Wednesday.
The ex-president attended Ivana Trump’s funeral Mass in Manhattan with all of his children and a slew of other relatives and friends.
“A very sad day, but at the same time a celebration of a wonderful and beautiful life,” Donald Trump wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social, before going to St. Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church, which is just a few blocks from Ivana Trump’s home near Central Park.
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 the church. 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, Donald Trump’s daughter with Marla Maples, attended the funeral, 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 old friend, fashion designer Dennis Basso, was also among the mourners.
As he exited, another longtime friend, R. Couri Hay, described the Mass as “an elegant, wonderful send-off for Ivana Trump.”
Trump’s family announced Thursday that she died at 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.