(NewsNation) – New York City’s medical examiner says Ivana Trump’s death was an accident. She died of “blunt force injuries” to her chest, according to an official statement from the medical examiner’s office.
Trump, 73, was found dead near the stairs of her New York apartment on Thursday. Investigators have not said whether she fell on the steps or if they played a role in her death.
The New York Fire Department said it responded to a report of cardiac arrest shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday and found Ivana Trump dead upon arrival.
Former model, Ivana Trump was the first wife of former President Donald Trump. The couple were married from 1977 to 1992 and had three children together, as well as nine grandchildren.
“She was a wonderful, beautiful and incredible woman who led a wonderful and inspiring life. Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric,” the former president wrote in a statement Thursday. on her social media platform, Truth Social, “She was so proud of them, like we were all so proud of her. Rest in peace, Ivana!
Rob Shuter, an entertainment reporter who knew Ivana Trump, said the family was “devastated” by her death. Shuter said Trump was not sick and was in fact preparing for a trip to Saint-Tropez, France, which was “maybe his second favorite place in the world.”
“It took everyone by surprise,” Shuter said Friday on NewsNation’s “Rush Hour.” He described Trump as “bubbly.”
“She was a delight,” Shuter said.
Trump, a former Czech-American model, worked as vice president of interior design for The Trump Organization after her marriage to the former president.
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