Ivana Trump dined at her preferred New York restaurant hours before she was discovered dead at the age of 73. The distraught owner has recalled that Ivana Trump appeared to be in high spirits but was exhausted and had only eaten a little amount of food.
Ivana’s townhouse in Manhattan’s affluent Upper East Side is only a short stroll away from Paola Alavian’s Italian restaurant, Altesi’s. Paola Alavian claimed to have had dinner with him on Wednesday night, the day before she passed away.
Soon after noon on Thursday, a female staff member who was late for work spotted her laying at the bottom of the stairs. She unlocked the door, noticed she was not breathing and dialled 911.
Before Ms. Trump was declared dead, police say they were called to the residence at 12:40 p.m. due to complaints of a cardiac arrest. To determine the specific cause of death and when she passed away, a post-mortem is being performed. Her health has reportedly been deteriorating for some time, according to a family source.
Ivana was most known as Donald’s first wife, and she gave birth to his three eldest children, Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Jr., when they wed in 1977 when he was a real estate heir and business tycoon.
After she learned he was having an affair with Marla Maples, who would later become his second wife, the couple filed for divorce in 1992. Ivana later rose to prominence as an entrepreneur, media personality, fashion designer, and author.
The line she delivered in the 1996 movie The First Wives Club shortly after divorcing Trump, “Ladies, you have to be strong and independent, and remember, don´t get mad, get everything”, may be what most people remember about this woman who was born behind the Soviet Iron Curtain before making her way to Canada and then New York, where she amassed a fortune.
On Thursday, Mr. Trump was the first to break the news of her passing, paying her respect on his Truth Social platform.
“I am very saddened to inform all of those that loved her, of which there are many, that Ivana Trump has passed away at her home in New York City,” he wrote.
Trump described her as a ‘beautiful, amazing’ woman, while honoring her close bond with their children together: Donald Jr, Eric, and Ivanka.
Describing her final night at Altesi Ristorante, Mr Alavian told the US Sun: “As always she asked me how I was doing – she was always supporting us – and we just shared an extremely normal conversation.
“Her health seemed normal, she looked maybe a little bit tired, but she otherwise seemed okay.
“She was just an excellent human; she was a really, really good person.”