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Donald Trump joins family at his ex-wife’s funeral

Donald Trump joined other family members as they paid their respects to his ex-wife Ivana Trump at her funeral in New York.

Ms Trump, 73, who was the first wife of the former US president, died suddenly last Thursday at her home in Manhattan.

Her death was ruled an accident by authorities, with the cause stated as “blunt impact injuries” to her torso after she reportedly fell down stairs.

Donald and Ivana married in 1977 and divorced in 1992.

Donald and Melania Trump outside church with family members including Barron Trump, Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump. Pic: AP
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Donald and Melania Trump outside church with family members including Barron Trump, Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump. Pic: AP

They had three children together – Donald Jr, now 44, Ivanka, 40, and Eric, 38, who all attended the funeral at St Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church.

They and their families followed her gold-coloured coffin into the building.

Tiffany Trump, the daughter of the ex-president and his second wife, Marla Maples, also attended the service.

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“A very sad day, but at the same time a celebration of a wonderful and beautiful life,” Mr Trump wrote on his social media platform Truth Social, before heading to the mass with his current wife, former first lady Melania Trump.

The service was “an elegant, wonderful send-off for Ivana Trump,” said long-time friend R Couri Hay, a US publicist and gossip columnist.

Ms Trump was found at the bottom of the staircase in her apartment next to a spilled cup of coffee, according to reports in some US media outlets.

There was no indication of foul play, an official said.

Donald Trump and Ivana Trump in 1987. Pic: AP
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Donald Trump and Ivana Trump in 1987. Pic: AP

A Czech-born ski racer and model, she became well-known in her own right with her blonde beehive hairdo and her glamorous look.

The couple’s very public divorce was ugly, but in recent years they had been on good terms.

She appeared in the 1996 hit film The First Wives Club with the now-famous line: “Ladies, you have to be strong and independent, and remember, don’t get mad, get everything.”

(R-L)  Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner arrive for the funeral of Ivana Trump. Pic: AP
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Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner. Pic: AP
Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump with their children
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Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump with their children

Mr Trump announced his former wife’s death Truth Social, which he set up after being banned indefinitely from Twitter.

“She was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life,” he said.

“Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr, Ivanka, and Eric. She was so proud of them, as we were all so proud of her. Rest In Peace, Ivana!”

Donald Trump and Melania Trump arrive for funeral of Ivana Trump. Pic: AP
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Donald and Melania Trump arrive for the funeral of his first wife. Pic: AP
Ivana Trump's coffin is carried into St Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church in New York. Pic: AP
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Ivana Trump’s gold-coloured coffin is carried into the church. Pic: AP

The Trump family said: “Ivana Trump was a survivor. She fled from communism and embraced this country. She taught her children about grit and toughness, compassion and determination.

“She will be dearly missed by her mother, her three children and 10 grandchildren.”

She was married four times, most recently to Italian actor Rossano Rubicondi.

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