Trump's brother passes away at the age of 71

Robert Trump, brother of US President Donald Trump, had been hospitalized in New York in recent years.

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Robert Trump, brother of US President Donald Trump, passed away on Saturday night after being hospitalized in New York. He was 71 years old.

“It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” President Trump said in a statement.

“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,” he added.

The youngest of the Trump siblings remained close to the 74-year-old president and, as recently as June, filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Trump family that unsuccessfully sought to stop publication of a tell-all book by the president’s niece, Mary.

Robert Trump was born in 1948, the youngest of New York City real estate developer Fred Trump’s five children.

A Boston University graduate, Robert Trump managed the Brooklyn portion of father Fred Trump’s real estate empire, which was eventually sold.

He avoided the limelight during his elder brother’s presidency, but described himself as a big supporter of the White House run in a 2016 interview with the New York Post.

“I support Donald one thousand percent,” Robert Trump said at the time.