“It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight. 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 President said.
He was President Trump’s best friend
The President called his brother’s hospital room late on Saturday as it seemed his death was near, two people familiar with the matter told CNN. It’s not clear whether they connected or whether Robert Trump’s condition allowed him to speak by phone with the President.
Separately, several people who spoke to Trump Saturday said he appeared saddened by the impending loss of his brother.
Robert Trump was born in 1949 and was one of four siblings to the President, including the late Fred Trump, Jr. He was a former top executive at the Trump Organization.
Before his death, Robert Trump resided in Millbrook, New York, in the Hudson Valley.
The cause of his death still unknown
Robert Trump had been admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.
Details of Robert Trump’s illness have not been released. He had been sick for several months, a person familiar with knowledge of the matter told CNN.
The younger Trump was previously hospitalized in June with an undisclosed serious condition CNN has previously reported.