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Maryanne Trump Barry, the older sister of former US President Donald Trump, died Monday morning at the age of 86.

Barry was found in her home in New York's Upper West Side. The cause of death is currently unknown.

The former president's older sister made headlines in 2020 when recordings of her criticizing her younger brother were published. The recordings were secretly made by her niece, Mary L. Trump, in 2018 and 2019.

In one of the conversations, Barry called her younger brother "cruel."

"It's the phoniness of it all. It's the phoniness and this cruelty. Donald is cruel," she said.

On November 1, 2018, Barry told her niece that the president had gotten someone else to take his SAT exams for him. "He went to Fordham for one year and then he got into University of Pennsylvania because he had somebody take the exams."

In another conversation, Barry said that "Donald's out for Donald."

"And his goddamned tweet and the lying, oh my god. I'm talking too freely, but you know, the change of stories, the lack of preparation, the lying," Barry said of her younger brother.

"You can't trust him," she added.

Barry was the eldest child of Fred Trump. In 1974, she became the Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey. She served for many years as a federal judge before retiring in 2019.