US media reported that Robert Trump was seriously ill, although they did not give details of his condition, so far the cause of death is unknown.
Robert Trump, younger brother of the President of the United States, died Saturday after being hospitalized for an undisclosed illness, the Republican president announced in a statement.
“It is with heavy heart that I share that my magnificent brother Robert died in peace,” Donald Trump said in a statement from the White House Saturday night.
“He wasn’t just my brother, he was my best friend. We will miss him very much, but we will meet again. His memory will live in my heart forever. Robert, I love you. Rest in peace”.
The president had visited his brother for 45 minutes on Friday in a New York hospital.
US media reported that Robert Trump was seriously ill, although they did not give details of his condition.
The president, who stopped in New York on his way to his golf club near Bedminster, New Jersey, told reporters he was “having a hard time.”
Born in 1948, Robert was long a piece fundamental of the real estate empire of the Trump family and was a staunch supporter of the president.
Robert Trump unsuccessfully resorted to the courts to prevent the publication of the book written by his niece Mary Trump, entitled “How My Family Created the World‘s Most Dangerous Man.” .
The book, in which the US president is portrayed as the product of a “toxic” family, is a “disgraceful,” Robert said. Although justice temporarily prohibited its publication, a judge lifted that order in July.
“Uncle Robert, we love you. You are in our hearts and prayers, always, “wrote the president’s daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, on Twitter.
Joe Biden, the president’s Democratic rival for the November presidential election, offered his condolences on Twitter: “Mr. President, Jill and I are saddened to learn of the passing of your younger brother, Robert.”
“I know the tremendous pain of losing a loved one, and I know how important family is at times like these. I hope you know that our prayers are with all of you ”, the Democratic candidate followed.
The former vice president lost his wife and daughter in a car accident in the early 1970s, and then his eldest son, who died of cancer in 2015.
Divorced in 2009, Robert had remarried in March to Ann Marie Pallan, who worked in the family empire.