NEW YORK (AP) — Ivana Trump, the Nineteen Eighties fashion icon and businesswoman who helped Donald Trump construct the empire that put him on a street towards the White Home, lived a “lovely life,” the previous president recalled as family members paid closing respects to her Wednesday.

The ex-president joined all his kids, an array of different kin and mates at a Manhattan church for Ivana Trump’s funeral Mass.

“A really unhappy day, however on the identical time a celebration of a beautiful and delightful life,” he wrote on his social media platform, Fact Social, earlier than he, former first girl Melania Trump and their son Barron headed to St. Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church, positioned just some blocks from Ivana Trump’s dwelling close to Central Park.

Ivana and Donald Trump’s three kids — Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric — stood with their father and their households because the gold-toned casket was carried from the church. Eric Trump briefly put an arm round his sister’s shoulders as she held the hand of one in every of her young children, who clutched a purple flower.

Tiffany Trump, the daughter of the previous president and his second spouse, Marla Maples, additionally attended the service, as did household mates together with Jeanine Pirro, co-host of Fox Information’ “The 5,” and Charles Kushner, an actual property developer and the daddy of Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner. Designer Dennis Basso, a longtime buddy of Ivana Trump’s, was additionally among the many mourners.

The Mass was “a chic, fantastic send-off for Ivana Trump,” one other longtime buddy, R. Couri Hay, mentioned as he emerged.

Trump’s household introduced Thursday that the 73-year-old had died at her dwelling. Authorities mentioned the dying was an accident, with blunt impression accidents to her torso because the trigger.

Ivana and Donald Trump met within the Seventies and had been married from 1977 to 1992. Within the Nineteen Eighties, they had been an influence couple, and he or she turned well-known in her personal proper, immediately recognizable together with her blond hair in an updo and her glamorous look.

Ivana Trump additionally took half in her husband’s companies, managing one in every of his Atlantic Metropolis casinos and choosing out among the design parts in New York Metropolis’s Trump Tower.

Their very public divorce was ugly, however in recent times, they had been pleasant. Ivana Trump was an enthusiastic supporter of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential marketing campaign and mentioned they spoke frequently.

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Related Press author Jennifer Peltz contributed.

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