NEW YORK – Robert Trump, the younger brother of U.S. President Donald Trump and a business executive who avoided the spotlight, died on Saturday night, a day after the president visited him in a New York hospital.
President Trump announced the death in a statement.
‘It 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’, the president said.
‘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’, Trump said.
Robert Trump, who at 71 was younger than the 74-year-old president, was a business executive and real estate developer. Unlike his reality TV brother, Robert Trump shunned the limelight.
President Trump made an emotional visit to see his align brother on Friday at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center before going to his golf club at Bedminster, New Jersey, for the weekend.
The president was expected to attend the funeral, an aid said. He has a busy travel scheduled in coming days with plans to visit four battleground states as part of his re-election campaign.
The cause of death was not revealed. Trump told reporters on Friday that his brother was ‘having a hard time’ with an undisclosed illness. A person familiar with the situation said the brother had been on blood thinners.
ABC News had reported the Robert Trump was hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Mount Sinai hospital in New York for more than a week in June.