Donald Trump announced the death of his younger brother, Robert Trump, yesterday after he died on Saturday night.
Robert died after being hospitalised for an undisclosed illness.
“It is with a heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,”
“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,” Trump said in a White House statement.
The president had visited his brother and stayed a while on Friday at a hospital in New York.
Media reports had said Robert Trump was seriously ill, although there were no details on the sort of illness.
Donald Trump had previously called his brother, Robert, “wonderful” and said they have “had a great relationship for a long time, from day one.”
“Uncle Robert, we love you. You are in our hearts and prayers, always,” Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, said on Twitter.
Her brother, Eric, said Robert Trump would be “deeply missed by our entire family.”
“Robert Trump was an incredible man — strong, kind and loyal to the core. Anyone who encountered him felt his warmth immediately,” he said on Twitter.
Robert was born in 1948 and is the youngest of the five Trump siblings. He worked on Wall Street before joining the family real estate business.
Quieter and less famous than Donald, Robert nevertheless became an integral part of the Trump Organization and was fiercely loyal to his older brother.
“I support Donald one thousand percent,” Robert told the New York Post in January 2016 as Donald was making his bid for the White House.
“I think he’s doing a great job. I think he’s got a great message.”
“I think it must be hard to have me for a brother, but he’s never said anything about it and we’re very close. He is definitely the only guy in my life whom I ever call ‘honey.’,” Donald said in his 1987 bestseller “The Art of the Deal.”
Robert divorced his long-time wife Blaine in 2009 and in March, 2020, married Ann Marie Pallan, a Trump Organization employee.
Before His death, the couple had led a quiet life at their home in Millbrook, in the Hudson Valley, media reports said.