Ivana Trump died accidentally of blunt impact injuries to her torso

Ivana Trump died accidentally of blunt impact injuries to her torso after falling down the stairs at her home. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - Ivana Trump, an ex-wife of former President Donald Trump, died accidentally of blunt impact injuries to her torso, according to New York City's chief medical examiner.

The office, which announced its determination in a news release Friday (July 15) afternoon, said it would have no further comment on the death of Trump, 73.

Two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the matter had said Thursday that police were investigating whether Trump had fallen down the stairs at her Upper East Side home.

One of the officials said there was no sign of forced entry at the home.

Ivana Trump and Donald Trump, who had three children together, married in 1977 and divorced 13 years later.

During their marriage, they formed a quintessential 1980s power couple and reigned jointly over New York's tabloid culture.

She was credited with giving him the nickname "The Donald."

Ivana Trump commanded almost as much media attention as her husband in their time together, helping to define an era of gaudy excess that Donald Trump later used to position himself as an outsize television personality before his 2016 run for president.

As Donald Trump built his real estate business, Ivana Trump was his behind-the-scenes partner and among his closest confidants.

She chose the pink marble and gleaming brass of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and advised him on his decision to go into the casino business in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

She took particular pride in raising the couple's children, Donald Jr, Ivanka and Eric, writing in her book "Raising Trump" that "the credit for raising such great kids belongs to me."

Ivana Trump's death led the office of New York's Attorney-General, Letitia James, to say Friday that it was postponing a deposition of the former president scheduled for next week as part of a civil investigation into whether he and his company had fraudulently inflated the value of his assets.

Similar interviews scheduled with Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr would also be postponed, a spokesperson for James said.

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