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President Trump’s younger brother, Robert Trump, has passed away at age 72, CNN reports.
Robert died Saturday at a New York hospital, Donald Trump announced 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,” the President concluded.
President Trump visited his brother in New York, which was a last-minute decision, CNN reports.
On Friday, Trump said, “I have a wonderful brother. We have a great relationship for a long time, from day one, so long time ago. And he’s in the hospital right now.”
“Hopefully he’ll be alright, but he’s — he’s pretty — he’s having a hard time,” he added.
Robert reportedly was hospitalized with an undisclosed serious condition.
Robert Trump was born in 1948 and was one of four siblings to the President.
Robert was a former top executive at the Trump Organization and married Ann Marie Pallan earlier this year and was previously married to Blaine (Beard) Trump.
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Before his death, Robert Trump resided in Millbrook, New York, in the Hudson Valley.
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Robert Trump said in 2016 that he supported his brother’s presidential run and according to Town & Country, he hosted events and fundraisers in Millbrook for his brother and other Republicans.
In June, Robert Trump filed a temporary restraining order in an attempt to block the publication of an unflattering tell-all book by Mary Trump, Fred Trump Jr.’s daughter.
Robert Trump said in a statement to The New York Times at the time that he was “deeply disappointed” in Mary Trump’s decision to publish the book, which included details about the President’s family, childhood and upbringing.