Ivana Trump’s final days: Friend says she died hours before her first holiday in years
Thursday - 14/07/2022 23:22
Ivana Trump spent the pandemic “totally locked down”. Her closest friend has revealed a detail that makes her death even more tragic.
Ivana Trump spent her final days in the company of her family and out of the public spotlight, but was about to leave on her first overseas holiday in years when she was found unconscious and unresponsive in her New York home.
The model turned businesswoman, best known for her 15-year marriage to former US president Donald Trump, was last photographed on the streets of Manhattan’s Upper East Side on June 22. She was being assisted by an aide on her way to a hair appointment.
Ivana, 73, had been maintaining a careful, low key lifestyle since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic. In those final photos, she and her aide were both wearing face masks.
According to her best friend, Nikki Haskell, Ivana was “totally locked down” throughout the pandemic and “wouldn’t go anywhere”. Tragically, she died one day before flying out for her first holiday since Covid began, to Saint-Tropez in France.
Political operative Roger Stone, who knew her for five decades, said Ivana was “a gracious lady, a great mother and an incredible hostess”.
Designer Dennis Basso said she was “like family” and her death was “absolutely devastating”.
A life full of energy
Ivana did not come from riches, having been born under communist rule in Czechoslovakia.
By the time Donald met her, however, Ivana had moved to Canada and was working as a successful model. She was also a talented skier.
The pair were married between 1977 and 1992. During that time, spurning the usual life of a New York City socialite, Ivana took on major roles in her husband’s business empire, serving as executive vice president of the Trump Organisation and CEO of the Trump Castle casino in New Jersey. She was also heavily involved in the design of Trump Tower in New York City, particularly its interior design.
It has been reported that she worked tens of hours of overtime each week.
When Ivana and Donald eventually divorced amid a media furore over his affair with another model, Marla Maples, she received a settlement of about $US14 million ($21 million), along with a mansion in Connecticut and an apartment in New Jersey’s Trump Plaza.
But she didn’t sit idle. Ivana used the money to launch a series of business ventures, and by the time she died her net worth had swelled to approximately $US100 million ($148 million), according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Post-divorce, she founded multiple companies, which produced fashion lines, jewellery and various beauty products. In the mid-nineties she started the fragrance and fashion company House of Ivana.
Ivana also made money on the global speaking circuit and as an author, writing multiple self-help books, an autobiography, and at one point starting a lifestyle magazine.
And she even made an iconic cameo in the world of acting, appearing in the 1996 film The First Wives Club.
It was Ivanka who once remarked that she her mother “more energy in her pinky than most people have in their entire body”.