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Robert Trump: President's younger brother dies in hospital

Sunday, 16 August, 2020, 10:25
Robert Trump: President's younger brother dies in hospital

"It is with [a] heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight," he said in a statement on Saturday.

The president had visited his brother in hospital in New York the day before his death, telling reporters: "He's having a hard time."

It is unclear what caused Robert Trump's death.

A number of US media reports suggested he had been seriously ill.

"He was not just my brother, he was my best friend," Donald Trump said in a statement on Saturday. "His memory will live on in my heart forever."

President Trump's son Eric described his uncle as an "incredible man - strong, kind and loyal to the core".

"He will be deeply missed by our entire family," he wrote on Twitter.

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Robert was the youngest of Fred and Mary Anne Trump's five children, and was born two years after his brother D

Robert Trump spent much of his career with the family real-estate firm, becoming a top executive. Unlike his brother, however, he was said not to court publicity and lived semi-retired in New York state.

He recently went to court in a failed bid to stop publication of his niece Mary Trump's tell-all book about the president, How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man.


The eldest of the children, Fred Jr, died in 1981.