Robert Trump, 71, the younger brother of United States President Donald Trump, died on Saturday at a New York hospital.
This comes after Donald Trump visited him at the New York Hospital on Friday, amid allegations that Robert was heavily ill.
In a statement President Trump said: “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. 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.”
Robert Trump had been admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan but no details were given to the media as to what he was suffering from. However, he had been reportedly ill for several months.
Several people who spoke to Trump on Saturday said he appeared saddened by the impending loss of his brother.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 16, 2020
The President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump tweeted her condolences to Robert on Saturday.
“Uncle Robert, we love you. You are in our hearts and prayers, always,” she said.
Donald Trump is expected to attend Robert’s funeral. However no details were immediately available on plans.