20.07.2022, USA, New York: Donald Trump (l), ehemaliger US-Präsident, führt seine Familie hinter dem Sarg von Ivana Trump nach der Beerdigung in der römisch-katholischen Kirche St. Vincent Ferrer. Ivana Trump, die Ex-Frau des ehemaligen US-Präsidenten Donald Trump, war nach Angaben der Gerichtsmedizin infolge eines Unfalls im Alter von 73 Jahren gestorben. Foto: Julia Nikhinson/AP/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

Former US President Donald Trump said goodbye to his late first wife Ivana at a funeral service. The 76-year-old was joined at the ceremony at New York’s St. Vincent Ferrer Church on Wednesday by his wife Melania and their three oldest children, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric, whose mother was Ivana.

The ex-president entered the heavily secured church through a side entrance.

According to the New York Post, Eric Trump praised his mother, who died last Thursday at the age of 73, as “the embodiment of the American dream” and as a “force of nature”. Ivanka Trump described her mother as a “pioneer”.

Ivana Trump, who was born in the former Czechoslovakia, died in her Manhattan apartment last Thursday. According to the coroner’s office, she suffered “torso injuries from an impact”. According to media reports, she may have fallen down a flight of stairs.

The former model married real estate entrepreneur Trump in 1977. In the same year she gave birth to her first child, Donald Jr., followed by Ivanka in 1981 and Eric in 1984. During her marriage to Trump, Ivana also held senior positions in his company. In the ’80s, Donald and Ivana Trump were among New York’s most dazzling celebrity couples.