Robert Trump, the youngest brother of President Donald Trump has died at age 71.
Paying tribute to his brother, President Trump said in a statement: “It is with [a] heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert Trump, peacefully passed away tonight.”
The President added: “He was not just my brother, he was my best friend. His memory will live on in my heart forever.”
According to the BBC, The president had visited his brother in the hospital in New York the day before his death, telling reporters: “He’s having a hard time.” It is unclear what caused Robert Trump’s death.
President Trump’s son Eric wrote on Twitter: “Robert Trump was an incredible man – strong, kind and loyal to the core. Anyone who encountered him felt his warmth immediately. He will be deeply missed by our entire family.“
Robert was the youngest of Fred and Mary Anne Trump’s five children and was born two years after his brother Donald. The eldest of the children, Fred Jr, died in 1981.
Robert Trump spent much of his career with the family real-estate firm, becoming a top executive. Unlike his brother, however, he was said not to court publicity and lived semi-retired in New York state.
He recently went to court in a failed bid to stop publication of his niece Mary Trump’s tell-all book about the president, How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.