Ivana Trump died of accidental ‘harsh impact’ on torso: official

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New York (AFP) – Ivana Trump, the former US president’s first wife, died of “blunt force injuries” to her chest in an accident, New York’s chief medical examiner said on Friday.

The statement did not specify the circumstances, but US media reported that police were investigating whether the 73-year-old died after falling down the stairs of her Manhattan home.

A spokesperson for the New York Police Department told AFP in an emailed statement on Thursday that officers responded to a call to Ivana Trump’s address on the Upper East Side and the had found “unconscious and unresponsive”.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, and the statement added that “there does not appear to be any criminality.”

Donald Trump announced her death on Thursday, calling her “a wonderful, beautiful and amazing woman who led a wonderful and inspiring life.”

He said his “pride and joy” were the couple’s three children, Donald Jr, Ivanka and Eric Trump.

Ivana Trump, a model who grew up under communist rule in the former Czechoslovakia, married Donald Trump, then an aspiring property developer, in 1977.

Their first child, Donald Jr., was born later that year. Ivanka was born in 1981 and Eric followed in 1984.

Throughout the 1980s, the Trumps were one of New York’s most high-profile couples, their extravagant lifestyles exemplifying the flashy excesses of the decade.

Their power and stardom grew as Donald Trump’s real estate business soared, with Ivana Trump taking on a number of key roles in the business.

Their high-profile split, which was allegedly caused in part by Donald Trump’s affair with actress Marla Maples, provided juicy content for New York tabloids.

Donald Trump and Ivana Trump divorced in the early 90s, and in 1993 the future president married Maples.

Ivana Trump went on to enjoy a successful business career, developing clothing, jewelry and beauty products and writing a number of books.

She has been married four times in her life, once before her marriage to Donald Trump and twice after.

On Friday, a US justice official said the depositions of Donald Trump, Donald Jr and Ivanka in the New York civil investigation into allegations of fraud at his family business had been postponed after his death.

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