Friends and family bid farewell to American socialite Ivana Trump in a private funeral held just a short walking distance from her residence. While her children paid their last respects, one mourner revealed Ivana barely made it outside her home in her final days.
Former model Ivana Trump was found unresponsive after suffering a heart attack at her Manhattan Upper East Side apartment on July 14, 2022, after falling down the stairs.
As a result, according to ABC News, she died from the injuries sustained from the fall, said the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner. Ivana was 73.
Businesswoman Ivana Trump attending the 2018 Angel Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on October 22, 2018 in New York City.┃Source: Getty Images
The fashion designer had been married four times in her lifetime. She was married to former US President Donald Trump and was his first wife. The pair were married from 1977 to 1992 and had three children together, sons Donald Jr., Eric, and daughter Ivanka.
Ivana and Donald's eldest child is their son Donald Jr., whom they welcomed in December 1977. He is a graduate of Penn University.
Following his graduation in 2000, Donald Jr. joined The Trump Organization in New York and presently serves as a trustee and executive president of the Trump Organization.
Former TV presenter, Donald J. Trump Jr. speaking during a rally on July 3, 2021 in Sarasota, Florida.┃Source: Getty Images
The former couple's second child is their daughter Ivanka, who arrived in October 1981. She graduated from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.
Like her brother, Ivanka joined The Trump Organization as Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions the following year. However, she has since exited the real estate company and became a senior advisor in the Trump administration.
The youngest of the siblings is Eric, who was born in 1984. He is an alumni of Georgetown University, and like his older brother and sister, Eric also joined the family business.
He also served as a board advisor on NBC's "The Apprentice" and the "Celebrity Apprentice" alongside his siblings. In 2007, the former reality TV presenter founded the Eric Trump Foundation, which raises money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
INSIDE IVANA'S PRIVATE FUNERAL SERVICE
Donald Trump Jr., (L) Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump arriving at the funeral of their mother Ivana Trump on July 20, 2022 in New York.┃Source: Getty Images
The Trump siblings laid their dearest mother to rest at an Upper East Side Catholic church on July 20, 2022. Their father, Donald, and his third wife, Melania Trump, were at the ceremony.
The Trump Organization organized the funeral arrangements with the Secret Service on eye watch. About 100 bystanders, including photographers, were outside the St. Vincent Ferrer church.
Only a few mourners gathered to bid farewell to Ivana inside the church, including some Manhattan residents who had known her for the longest time.
Pallbearers carrying the coffin of late Ivana Trump into the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer on July 20, 2022 in New York.┃Source: Getty Images
Some of the circle made speeches about Ivana's determination to succeed, saying it set her apart from the rest. Those who knew her and Donald also touched on the former couple's ability to develop a friendship despite their bitter divorce.
One of the attendees, society columnist R. Couri Hay, told People that there were some mixed emotions during the funeral service as the mourners managed to uphold the tone of sorrow while also celebrating Ivana's life:
"The room was filled with joy and drenched with tears."
The casket of Ivana Trump carried out from St Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church during her funeral service on July 20, 2022 in New York.┃Source: Getty Images
Red roses surrounded 73 burning candles near the altar, synonymous with each year of Ivana's life. The funeral Mass was invite-only, limited to close friends and family, which according to Hay, created a form of authenticity and celebration among mourners.
Some of the guests echoed his sentiments, saying the service was "incredibly emotional and touching" and was "an excellent service."
There was a poster board of Ivana near the podium on the cover of Vanity Fair in 1992 with the headline that read: "Ivana Be a Star." One speaker named all the several magazines that the late businesswoman graced, including Vogue and Town & Country.
Fashion designer Ivana Trump attending The Cinema Society screening of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on November 28, 2006 in New York City.┃Source: Getty Images
The family matriarch was laid to rest at the Trump National Golf Club cemetery in Bedminster, New Jersey. Ivana was buried in a coffin with a gold hue.
A source revealed that she was buried "not too far from the main clubhouse," which had a private lawn area. The insider added that "it's a very discreet piece of granite engraved with her name."
A few hours after the funeral proceedings began, pallbearers carried Ivana's casket outside to a recessional by Christopher Macchio. Donald and Melania followed the coffin, including Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Jr.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump and former U.S. First Lady Melania Trump photographed at the funeral of Ivana Trump on July 20, 2022 in New York City. / Source: Getty Images
Before laying his former first wife to rest, the 45th president said her passing saddened him and described her as a "special, outstanding, beautiful" woman who "never fell down."
Although he did not give a eulogy, Ivana's brood paid loving tributes to her, her youngest son, Eric, described her as a force of nature, "She had brains, she had beauty, and she had grit," he said.
Ivana's only daughter, Ivanka, revealed in her eulogy that she could not stand funerals, "My mother hated funerals. She wanted to celebrate life." Ivanka reportedly told mourners that her beloved mom would have wanted them to lighten up amid her service:
"Now, she's watching us from above, telling us to dry our eyes, have a good time, and dance one more song for her. Mom, I love you today, every day."
INSIDE IVANA'S LAST YEARS OF LIFE
Former model and author Ivana Trump posing on a staircase at her East Side townhouse on October 18, 2011 in New York, New York. / Source: Getty Images
Per the New York Times, Ivana shared her former husband's hunger for attention which was uneasy. Some people have said that once her fame faded, Donald's reignited.
It all began with his 2004 reality TV show, "The Apprentice," and he became a successful presidential candidate. All their three children that Ivana raised became appendages to him.
Despite how Ivana and Donald parted ways, she revealed in her 2017 memoir that they remained on good terms in recent years and communicated once a week.
Donald Trump and Ivana Trump attending The Eric Trump 8th Annual Golf Tournament at Trump National Golf Club Westchester on September 15, 2014 in Briarcliff Manor, New York. / Source: Getty Images
While Ivana kept in touch with the father of her kids, she, on the other, became "isolated." A designer named Marc Bouwer, who dressed her for many years, disclosed that she lived a solitary life in the years leading up to her death:
"She had been isolated. There was a lot of pain, a lot of sadness."
The eatery owner revealed this startling revelation in a brief interview outside the church but refused to elaborate.
Ivana Trump attends Dennis Basso fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Plaza Hotel on September 11, 2017 in New York City. / Source: Getty Images
Meanwhile, a close friend, Zach Erdem, told the New York Post that Ivana had been in bad shape two weeks before her passing and could barely leave the house for a trip to the Hamptons.
Erdem, an owner of the Southampton hot spot 75 on Main, divulged that the media personality had an issue with her hip, which made her unable to walk. He recalled that Ivana said she was not feeling well at the time, adding she had "pain in her leg" and "couldn't get out of her house."
When Erdem suggested that the author go and see a doctor, she refused, saying she hated seeing medical professionals because she got sicker after seeing them. The two had known each other for fifteen years.
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