UPDATE: Robert Trump, who was on blood thinners, died after brain bleeds that began following a fall, according to the New York Times.
President Trump’s younger brother Robert died Saturday in New York City at the age of 71.
“It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” the president said in a statement released by the White House. “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.”
With his brother gravely ill, the president made a hastily arranged visit to Robert at his hospital bed in the city Friday.
The cause of death is unknown. Robert had previously been hospitalized for ten days in New York City in June. According to one report, he had been admitted then to the hospital’s neurosciences intensive care unit.
Around the same time, he unsuccessfully filed suit to prevent publication of a tell-all book by Mary Trump, his and the president’s niece. She is the daughter of Fred Trump Jr., who struggled with alcoholism and died in 1981 at 43.
President Trump has two remaining siblings, Maryanne, who was a judge, and Elizabeth, a retired executive.
Like his brother, Robert had worked for the Trump Organization, managing its real estate holdings outside of Manhattan. He was married to Blaine Trump and the two were prominent New York socialites together until their divorce in 2007.
In March of this year, he quietly married his longtime love and former secretary Ann Marie Pallan.