Ivana Trump’s death ruled an accident, New York examiner says

NEW YORK — Ivana Trump, the first wife of former President Donald Trump and mother of his eldest children, died accidentally from a blunt force impact to the chest, the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office said Friday.

Police had been investigating whether she had fallen down the stairs, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they could not discuss the matter publicly.

The brief medical examiner’s report does not specify when the accident took place. Donald Trump announced Thursday that Ivana died at her home near Central Park on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. She was 73 years old.

His son Eric Trump said it was “a very sad day, a very sad day” as he left home on Thursday.

Czech-born ski racer and businesswoman Ivana Trump was born Ivana Zelnickova in 1949.

She was married to the former president from 1977 to 1992, and they had three children together: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric.

PHOTOS: Ivana Trump’s death has been ruled an accident, New York examiner says

The Trumps became a power couple of the 1980s, and she managed one of his Atlantic City casinos and helped decorate Trump Tower. Their marriage ended in a messy public divorce after Donald Trump met his next wife, Marla Maples.

But in recent years, Ivana Trump has been on good terms with her ex-husband. She wrote in a 2017 book they talked about once a week.

His death came during a difficult time for the Trump family. Two of his children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, as well as the former president were due to appear in the coming days for questioning as part of the New York Attorney General’s civil investigation into the family’s business practices. But the attorney general’s office agreed to postpone depositions – a term for extrajudicial examination under oath – due to the death of Ivana Trump.

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