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Ivana Trump found dead on the stairs – She looked ‘tired’ but ‘her health seemed normal’, restaurant owner says

Ivana Trump, ex-wife of former US President Donald Trump, is dead! Ivana, 73, was a beloved mother, renowned businesswoman, former model, book author and health enthusiast.

The former president shared the devastating news on his social media platform and remembered Ivana as an exceptional woman whose life was an inspiration to many.

She is remembered by many others who have crossed paths with her in her life as a wonderful person who lived a healthy life and overcame all obstacles to achieve her life goals.

Ivana Trump attends the 2018 Angel Ball hosted by the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 22, 2018 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images


Ivana died at her New York residence after suffering cardiac arrest. TMZ reports that a female member of Ivana’s staff arrived home and found Ivana on the right side of the second floor staircase after unlocking the door. She wasn’t breathing.

TMZ also discovered that the New York Police Department received a call just after 12:30 p.m. with the sad news that Ivana had suffered cardiac arrest. The information raises questions about his health in the days leading up to his sudden disappearance.

Hours before her death, Ivana had visited her favorite restaurant, Altesi Ristorante, a short distance from her Upper East Side apartment. A frequent patron of the establishment, Ivana spoke with the owner, Paola Alavian, as she always did during her visits.

Businesswoman Ivana Trump attends the Clive Davis and Recording Academy Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Tribute to Industry Icons Honoring Jay-Z on January 27, 2018 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

However, Alavian says that although Ivana was in good spirits, she seemed slightly exhausted when she stopped for a meal. He revealed, amid tears:

“Her health seemed normal, she may have looked a bit tired, but otherwise she seemed fine.”

Ivana Trump attends a press conference announcing her new anti-obesity campaign at the Plaza Hotel on June 13, 2018 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

The restaurant owner couldn’t remember what Ivana ordered, but remembers it was a “very, very small amount of food”.

According to Alavian, Ivana, the mother of Trump’s three eldest children, including Ivanka, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, was a mother figure to those around her, and her disappearance shocked many who knew her.

Ivanka, Ivana’s daughter, is devastated by the death of her beloved mother. She paid tribute on Twitter, reminiscing about the good life Ivana had lived, never giving up dancing and laughing.

She has only fond memories of her mother and remembers her intellect and sense of humor. “I will forever miss her and keep her memory alive in our hearts forever.” She wrote.

Her three children also released a joint statement and had good things to say about their beloved mother. After praising her for being a caring friend and mother, they said how much she would miss her children and ten grandchildren.


The fierce businesswoman was born Ivana Marie Zelnickova in the Czech Republic to an electrical engineer father and a telephone operator mother and grew up in Zlin.

Ivana Trump, Czech-American athlete, socialite and model known for her marriage to Donald Trump, photographed in 1983. | Source: Getty Images

Growing up, she took up several hobbies, including skiing at just four years old. She then joined the national junior ski team, which gave her plenty of travel opportunities and gave young Ivana a sense of the world outside of her hometown.

Once she discovered the wide world and the opportunities that awaited her outside of Czech, she didn’t want to stay there anymore, as her mother would later recall. She attended university in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, and later married Austrian instructor Alfred Winklmayr.

While the marriage was anything but ideal – she would later call it a “Cold War wedding” – she secured an Austrian passport. She later revealed that she and Alfred never consummated their marriage.

Ivana Trump around 1990 in New York. | Source: Getty Images

After getting her passport, she moved to Canada, settling in Montreal, where she worked as a ski instructor by day and studied English by night. Later, she started modeling for the 1976 Winter Olympics.

That same year, she worked at a reception in New York alongside other models, unaware that her life was about to change. There, she met her future husband, Donald Trump. Back then, Trump was not the business magnate he is today and was only then beginning his career in real estate.

They walked down the aisle the following year, and the two quickly became fixtures on New York’s glamorous social scenes. As Trump began to focus more on large-scale projects in New York, Ivana became involved in some decision-making, including the installation of a 60-foot waterfall in the atrium of Trump Tower.

American real estate magnate Donald Trump with his first wife, Ivana (née Zelnickova) at the Costume Institute Gala, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, December 9, 1985 | Source: Getty Images

Throughout the ’80s, Ivana and Trump became the perfect couple, decorating segments in gossip magazines and gracing Broadway openings and red carpet events together. They have graced the see-and-be-seen stages for over a decade.

Unfortunately, in the late 1980s their marriage also fell apart, and in 1990 they became embroiled in one of the most acrimonious divorce proceedings of the time.

After the divorce, Ivana did not sit down and mop the floor. She gathered the broken pieces of her heart and focused on reinventing herself. She has made commendable real estate investments in the United States and abroad.

Ivana Trump arrives at amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS 2010 gala at Hotel du Cap on May 20, 2010 in Cannes, France. | Source: Getty Images

She also created a designer fashion line, cosmetics company Ivana Haute Couture, and wrote several books. She also appeared in the comedy romance movie “The First Wives Club”, where she delivered her famous one-liner:

“Ladies, you need to be strong and independent, and remember, don’t get mad, get it all.”

Years after her divorce, she met and married her third husband, Riccardo Mazzucchelli. However, the marriage fell apart two years later and the two divorced in 1997. Despite this, she maintained a conversational relationship with Trump, who arranged his fourth marriage to Rossano Rubicondi in 2008 at Mar-a-Lago, in Florida.

Ivana continued her business ventures until her last moments. She is remembered by many for her drive and as the immigrant woman who, against all odds, achieved the American Dream.

Ivana also maintained her fashionable look until her last breath. In her final photos, taken months before her disappearance, she looked glamorous in a leopard print overcoat, black frock coat and luxury bag.

She completed the look with gold hoop earrings and red nail polish as she showed the paparazzi the peace sign. She died as she had lived—in style!


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