New York: Ivana Trump, former US president Donald Trump’s first wife who passed away on Friday, died as a result of an accident, the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) said.
A police spokesperson had said Ivana Trump had been found dead on the stairs inside her apartment and that foul play was not suspected.
Ivana Trump has passed away aged 73.Credit:AP
“The Medical Examiner has determined her cause of death was an accident caused by blunt impact injuries to her torso. Having released this determination, OCME will not comment further on the investigation,” OCME said in a statement.
Ivana was the mother of the former president’s three oldest children Donald jnr, Ivanka and Eric, and helped him build some of his signature buildings, including Trump Tower. She was 73 at the time of her death.
The couple married in 1977 and divorced in 1992.
Her death delayed questioning of Trump and two of his children in connection with an investigation into their business dealings in New York.
Donald and Ivana Trump attend the Eric Trump 8th Annual Golf Tournament at Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, New York, in 2014.Credit:Getty Images
The ex-president, son Donald jnr and daughter Ivanka had been scheduled for depositions — a term for out-of-court questioning under oath — starting as soon as Friday. But New York Attorney-General Letitia James’ office said it agreed to postpone them because of Ivana’s death.
“We offer our condolences to the Trump family,” James’ office spokesperson Delaney Kempner said.
There were no new dates yet for the depositions.
A message was left with the former president’s lawyer. The younger Trumps’ attorney, Alan Futerfas, declined to comment.
Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump jnr are due to be questioned about business dealings in New York.Credit:AP
James alleges that the ex-president’s company, the Trump Organisation, inflated the values of skyscrapers, golf courses and other holdings to get loans, insurance and other benefits.
Trump has denied the allegations, saying that it’s common in the real estate industry to seek the best valuations. The Republican has dismissed the investigation as part of a politically motivated “witch hunt” by Democrats such as James.
Trump’s deposition was looming as he lays the groundwork for a likely 2024 White House run but also faces growing scrutiny of his conduct in the 2020 election. There are investigations in Congress into his role in the January 6 Capitol insurrection and in Georgia into his efforts to overturn his election loss.
Meanwhile, the Manhattan district attorney has been overseeing a criminal inquiry that parallels James’ probe.
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