Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Exclusive: Robert Trump, 71, Brother of Donald, Dies from a Stroke After a Long Battle with Heart Disease


Donald Trump’s brother, Robert, died tonight after having a stroke, says an insider. He was 71.

Robert Trump, my source says, had been battling heart disease and cardiac issues for some time. “He had a bad heart,” the source said. He’d been hospitalized in June for heart problems.

I didn’t know Robert well, but I used to see him around town with his then wife, Blaine. Blaine was gorgeous and popular and smart. She loved being “the good Trump” and presenting herself and Robert as the classy alternative to Donald and Ivana, then Donald and Marla, and so on.

But Robert Trump was laid back. He wasn’t like his brother. He wanted to stay home and not wear a tuxedo. That’s what split up the marriage. He had adopted Blaine’s son from an earlier marriage. But Robert eventually remarried. He’d been living in Milbrook, New York and Garden City, Long Island in two incredible homes. Estates. He and Blaine had remained very friendly. She lives on the West Coast.

A few weeks ago it was Robert who sued to stop publication of niece Mary’s book. But it was Robert in name only. The suit was brought by Donald. Robert was the front man. He was already too ill to deal with it, I’m told.

My sources say, “He was a nice guy.” That’s the way he’ll be remembered, and you can’t do better than that.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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