Robert Trump, 71, the younger brother of President Donald Trump, died Saturday at a New York hospital, Donald Trump announced in a statement.
âIt 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,â the President said.
Donald Trump made a last minute decision to go to New York Friday to visit his brother as he headed to New Jersey for the weekend.
Robert Trump had been admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.
Details of Robert Trumpâs illness have not been released. He had been sick for several months, a person familiar with knowledge of the matter told CNN.
During a White House briefing on Friday, Trump declined to provide reporters with details on his brotherâs illness.
âI have a wonderful brother. We have a great relationship for a long time, from day one, so long time ago. And heâs in the hospital right now,â Trump said Friday when asked about his brother.
âHopefully heâll be alright, but heâs â heâs pretty â heâs having a hard time,â he added.
Later Friday as he headed to see his brother Trump told reporters: âHeâs having a tough time.â
The younger Trump was previously hospitalized in June with an undisclosed serious condition CNN has previously reported.
Robert Trump had served as an executive vice president of the Trump Organization. Part of his duties including overseeing the organizationâs Atlantic City casinos.
Robert Trump was born in 1948 and was one of four siblings to the President, including the late Fred Trump, Jr. He was a former top executive at the Trump Organization. He married Ann Marie Pallan earlier this year and was previously married to Blaine (Beard) Trump.
Before his death, Robert Trump resided in Millbrook, New York, in the Hudson Valley.
Robert Trump said in 2016 that he supported his brotherâs presidential run and according to Town & Country, he hosted events and fundraisers in Millbrook for his brother and other Republicans.
In June, Robert Trump filed a temporary restraining order in an attempt to block the publication of an unflattering tell-all book by Mary Trump, Fred Trump Jr.âs daughter.
Robert Trump said in a statement to The New York Times at the time that he was âdeeply disappointedâ in Mary Trumpâs decision to publish the book, which included details about the Presidentâs family, childhood and upbringing.
Mary Trump said in an interview with Greenpeace earlier this week that Robert Trump had been sick and hospitalized âa couple of times in the last three months.â