Robert Trump, 71, the younger brother of the US President Donald Trump, died Saturday at a New York hospital, Donald Trump announced in a statement.
“It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away. He was not just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again. His memory will live on in my heart forever. Robert, I love you. Rest in peace,” the President said.
The Super Power’s President is expected to attend his brother’s funeral. Being a country where security of the President is a number priority no details were available on plans. Additionally, a source familiar said the President personally dictated the White House statement on his brother.
“Uncle Robert, we love you. You are in our hearts and prayers, always,” Ivanka Trump posted on Twitter Saturday night.
The President called his brother’s hospital room late on Saturday as it seemed his death was near, two people familiar with the matter told CNN. It’s not clear whether they connected or whether Robert Trump’s condition allowed him to speak directly with the President on phone.
Separately, several people who spoke to Trump Saturday said he appeared saddened by the impending loss of his brother.
Robert Trump had been admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Details of Robert Trump’s illness have not been released. He had been sick for several months, a person familiar with such details told CNN. The younger Trump was previously hospitalized in June with an undisclosed serious condition CNN as previously reported.
During a White House briefing on Friday, Trump declined to provide reporters with details on his brother’s state of health.
“I have a wonderful brother. We have a great relationship for a long time, from day one, so long time ago. And he’s in the hospital right now,” Trump said Friday when asked about his brother.
Robert Trump who was born in 1948 had served as an executive vice president of the Trump Organization. Part of his duties including overseeing the organization’s Atlantic City casinos. He married Ann Marie Pallan earlier this year and was previously married to Blaine (Beard) Trump. Before his death, Robert Trump resided in Millbrook, New York, in the Hudson Valley.
Robert Trump said in 2016 that he supported his brother’s presidential run and according to Town & Country, he hosted events and fundraisers in Millbrook for his brother and other Republicans. He died a great supporter of his brother, such a brotherly was quite unfathomable.