Ivana Trump, first wife of Donald Trump, is dead at 73

In a statement posted to Truth Social, Donald Trump called his first wife "a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life."

The New York Police Department said in a statement that police found Ivana Trump unresponsive at the scene and emergency medical services pronounced her dead.

According to a biography on the site of talent agency CMG Worldwide, Ivana Trump grew up in Gotvaldov, Czechoslovakia, south of Prague. 

She moved to Canada in the 1970s and worked as a ski instructor before starting a modeling career.

In 1976, she met Donald Trump during a work trip to New York. According to the biography, the couple married in 1977.

Marriage to Donald Trump

Their first son, Donald Trump Jr., was born in the same year, followed by daughter Ivanka in 1981 and son Eric in 1984.

Ivana and Donald were often tabloid fodder and actively created an aura of celebrity around their marriage.

Ivana Trump served as the Vice President of Interior Design for the Trump Organization. His design work included the Trump Tower, and he also served as the chief executive officer of some Trump Hotel properties.

The couple's crumbling marriage was splashed across tabloid covers and eventually divorced in 1992.

Ivana Trump accused her husband of ripping out her during their marriage, an incident described in the 1993 book Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald Trump, before she walked back the allegation in a statement given just prior to the book's printing.

"On one occasion during 1989, Mr. Trump and I had marital relations in which he behaved very differently toward me than he had during our marriage," she said.

"As a woman, I felt violated, as the love and tenderness, which he normally exhibited towards me, was absent. I referred to this as a 'rape,' but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense." 

Donald Trump described the claim as "obviously false." 

After the divorce, she capitalized on her fame by appearing in commercials for national brands and launching a cosmetics company, Ivana Haute Couture.

She sparked controversy following Trump's election to the White House, referring to herself as the "First Lady" in an interview with ABC News.

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