Donald Trump’ s younger brother Robert died on Saturday after being hospitalized for an undisclosed illness , the US president said in a statement mourning his loss.
“ It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert , peacefully passed away tonight , ” Trump said in a White House 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 . ”
The 74- year – old president had visited his brother on Friday at a hospital in New York , staying for about 45 minutes .
US media reports had reported that Robert Trump was seriously ill, although there were no details .
Donald Trump , who was stopping in New York on the way to his golf club in nearby Bedminster , New Jersey for the weekend , told reporters Friday only that “ he ’ s having a hard time . ”
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While far less famous than his older brother, Robert Trump , who was born in 1948, had long been an integral part of the family real estate empire and was fiercely loyal to the president .
Robert Trump unsuccessfully went to court to try to get an injunction preventing publication of a book by his niece Mary Trump , called “ Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World ’ s Most Dangerous Man . ”
The book , which paints Donald Trump as the product of a “ toxic ” family was a “ disgrace, ” Robert Trump said .
Although a temporary restraining order was applied , a judge lifted this in July , allowing publication.
Donald Trump has previously called his brother “wonderful ” and said they have “had a great relationship for a long time , from day one. ”
Donald Trump ’ s daughter and adviser Ivanka said on Twitter Saturday : “Uncle Robert , we love you .
You are in our hearts and prayers, always . ”
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