President Donald Trump’s brother died in a hospital in New York City, ABC News learned Saturday.NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s brother died in a hospital in New York City, ABC News learned Saturday.
The President released the following statement:
“It is with 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.”
Robert Trump, 72, the president’s youngest brother, was admitted to the hospital on Friday and was described as “very ill,” according to sources.
Further details were not known, but he was said to be in critical condition at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center on the Upper East Side.
“I have a wonderful brother,” President Trump said at a press briefing Friday. “We’ve had a great relationship for a long time, from day one. It’s a long time ago. And he’s in the hospital right now. And hopefully he’ll be alright, but he is pretty — he’s having a hard time.”
Trump visited his brother, one of his four siblings, after flying to New Jersey and then taking a helicopter into Manhattan.
“I am going to the hospital,” Trump said as he landed in New Jersey. “I hope he’s OK.”
The White House did not immediately release details about why Robert Trump had been hospitalized, but officials said that he was seriously ill.
Robert Trump reportedly spent a week in the intensive care unit at nearby Mount Sinai Hospital in June.
President Trump visited his nearby country club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Friday night where he delivered remarks to the City of New York Police Benevolent Association.
Robert Trump had previously worked for his older brother at the Trump Organization and recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Trump family seeking to stop publication of a tell-all book by the president’s niece Mary titled “Too Much and Never Enough.”
Once a regular bold face name in Manhattan’s social pages, he has kept a lower profile in recent years. He married his longtime girlfriend, Ann Marie Pallan, in March.
He divorced his first wife, Blaine Trump, more than a decade ago.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)
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Photo: Robert Trump, left, with the future president at a society event in 1999.Credit…Diane Bondaress/Associated Press