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Donald Trump arrives in New York with wife Melania for Ivana's funeral

Metro logo Metro 7/19/2022 Jessica Kwong
Ivana Trump’s (right) funeral services will take place on Wednesday at a church in her Upper East Side neighborhood (Pictures: Getty Images) © Provided by Metro Ivana Trump’s (right) funeral services will take place on Wednesday at a church in her Upper East Side neighborhood (Pictures: Getty Images)

Ex-President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump were seen arriving in New York City two days before funeral services that have been announced for his first wife, Ivana Trump.

The couple returned to their old residence in Trump Tower on Monday, four days after Ivana, 73, was discovered dead and alone in the staircase of her Upper East Side home, photos published by the Daily Mail showed.

They got into Manhattan shortly after it was revealed that Ivana’s memorial service would be held on Wednesday at St Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in her neighborhood. Her Celebration of Life is scheduled to start at 1.30pm. Ivana will be buried following the service.

Ivana’s three children – Donald Trump Jr, Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump – are expected to be present at the service. While not immediately confirmed, it appeared that the former president and Melania will also attend.

Ex-President Trump, 76, wore a black suit as he exited an SUV on Monday and was escorted by security guards into the luxury high-rise. Melania wore a white collared shirt, black lacks and sunglasses.

Ivana, a socialite and businesswoman, was born in Czechoslovakia in 1949. She was married to Donald from 1977 to 1949 and held executive positions within the Trump Organization before starting her own jewelry, clothing and beauty product lines.  

Ex-President Trump posted on Truth Social that she was a ‘wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life’.

‘Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr, Ivanka, and Eric. She was so proud of them, as we were all so proud of her,’ he wrote on Thursday. ‘Rest In Peace, Ivana!’

On Friday, the chief medical examiner announced that Ivana’s cause of death was ‘blunt impact trauma’ and that the manner of her death was an ‘accident’.

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