NEW YORK — Ivana Trump, an icon of 1980s style, wealth and excess and a businesswoman who helped her husband build an empire that propelled him to the presidency, is to be celebrated at a funeral mass in New York on Wednesday after his death last week.
Ivana’s three children with former President Donald Trump — Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric — are expected at Wednesday afternoon’s rally at St. Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. It was unclear whether the ex-president would join them.
Trump’s family announced Thursday that the 73-year-old woman died at her Manhattan home. Authorities said the death was an accident, with blunt force injuries to the torso as the cause.
“We all want to remember Ivana as the vibrant, outgoing person she was,” said R. Couri Hay, a longtime friend of Trump’s who planned to attend the service.
Ivana and Donald Trump met in the 1970s and were married from 1977 to 1992. By the 1980s they were a power couple, and she became well known in her own right, instantly recognizable with her blonde hair in a bun and her glamorous look.
Ivana Trump has also been involved in her husband’s business, running one of his Atlantic City casinos and choosing some of the design elements for New York’s Trump Tower.
Their very public divorce was ugly, but in recent years they’ve been friendly. Ivana Trump, an enthusiastic supporter of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and said they spoke regularly.