Ivana Trump, first wife of Donald Trump, is dead at 73

Ivana Trump, the first wife of former President Donald Trump, has died at the age of 73, the Trump family confirmed in a statement.

In a statement, Donald Trump called his first wife "a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life."

"Our mother was an incredible woman — a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and caring mother and friend," Eric Trump wrote.

Ivana Trump grew up in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia, south of Prague. She moved to Canada in the 1970s and worked as a ski instructor before beginning a modeling career.

In 1976, she met Donald Trump while on a work trip to New York City. The couple married in 1977. Ivana Trump worked as the vice president of interior design for the Trump Organization. Her design work included Trump Tower, and she also served as the chief executive officer of some Trump hotel properties.

The couple ultimately divorced in 1992. After the divorce, she remained in the limelight, capitalizing on her fame by appearing in advertisements for national brands and launching a cosmetics company.

Ivana Trump is survived by her three adult children, Donald, Ivanka and Eric, as well as several grandchildren.

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