Robert Trump died at the age of 72 on August 15. He was the younger brother and only surviving brother of President Donald Trump with whom he had a close relationship. That makes a lot of people wonder how Robert died.
Robert died in hospital, where he had been for at least a day, but the specific nature of his illness has so far been hidden. The White House did not provide a cause of death for Robert Trump, according to The New York Times. USA Today reported that the White House announced on Friday, August 14, that Robert Trump “had been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness.” The president visited him that same day at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, according to the newspaper.
The lack of a specific cause of death has caused Twitter to speed up with speculation as to whether the president’s brother might have had COVID-19 (coronavirus), but that is not based on anything in the public record. There is no public evidence that he did. Rather, Robert’s health had been weakening for several months and he was suffering from a brain hemorrhage, according to The New York Times .
Here’s what is known about Robert’s health so far: Robert Trump took blood thinners and “had suffered from recent brain bleeds that started after a recent fall,” The Times reported, citing a family friend. The Times added that Robert’s health had deteriorated since June and for several weeks he was too ill to talk on the phone.
In June, The Associated Press reported that “Robert had been hospitalized in the intensive care unit for several days.” The nature of his illness was also not revealed then, although, as a private citizen, that is not surprising.
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President Trump called his brother “his best friend” and paid him tribute without mentioning the cause of Robert’s death.
In a statement, President Trump did not reveal the cause of his brother’s death. “It is with great regret that I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, passed away peacefully tonight,” Trump said in the statement according to AP. “He wasn’t just my brother, he was my best friend. We will miss him very much, but we will meet again. His memory will live in my heart forever. Robert, I love you. Rest in peace.”
Robert Trump was 72 years old, making him two years younger than the 74-year-old president. He was one of the five children of Fred C. Trump, described in his New York Times obituary as “one of New York City’s last great postwar home builders,” but also a controversial figure because of his real estate deals.
Robert was the only surviving brother the president had. His other brother, Fred Trump Jr. , Died in 1981 after battling alcoholism.
Robert Trump worked in Trump’s organization and went through a delicate divorce that made headlines
According to CNN, Robert was “a former top executive of the Trump Organization.” Robert Trump’s father “paid him an annual salary of $ 500,000” and approved many of Fred’s business payments, according to The New York Times.
Business Insider reported that Robert was retired and living in Millbrook, New York.
He supported his brother’s presidency. “I support Donald a thousand percent,” Robert once told Page Six. “I think he is doing a great job. I think it has a great message. ”
Page Six reported that Robert was married to a popular socialite named Blaine Trump for 25 years. The marriage ended when he “fell in love with his secretary, Ann Marie Pallan, and bought her a $ 3.7 million home in Garden City, New York,” the site reports. At the time of her divorce, she lived with Pallan for two years, according to New York Magazine .
Town and Country describes how Robert lived a low-key life after the scandal, donating money to a horse rescue group and serving as a trustee for a non-profit organization that focuses on “Christmas donations.” One local told Town and Country: “It’s not fancy. He couldn’t be more different than his brother, frankly. I don’t even know how they are from the same family.
Trump has four siblings, of whom Robert was the youngest, according to CNN . The third brother, Fred Trump Jr., battled alcohol addiction and died young.
They are the children of Frederick Christ Trump, who was born in New York City in 1905, the son of German immigrants, and Mary McLeod, a Scottish immigrant, says The Times obituary for Trump’s patriarch, Fred C. Trump.
According to the obituary, Trump’s children were Maryanne Trump Barry (who became a federal judge); Elizabeth Trump Grau; Fred Trump Jr., who died in 1981; and Donald and Robert. The New York Times has accused Trump and his siblings of establishing “a bogus corporation to disguise millions of dollars in gifts from their parents,” adding that “the president’s parents, Fred and Mary Trump, transferred more than a billion dollars in wealth to their parents ”. children.” A lawyer for Trump called the Times reports extremely inaccurate.