President Donald Trump‘s brother Robert, 72, has died in hospital just one day after the president visited him in hospital in New York.
The president said in a statement on Saturday night: ‘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.’
- Robert Trump, 72, died in hospital Saturday after being visited by the president
- Donald Trump paid tribute to his brother, calling him his ‘best friend’
- Robert was in New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center
- He was described as ‘very ill’ and is believed to have had a brain bleed
- Robert was previously hospitalized in June for ten days at Mount Sinai Hospital
Robert, who took blood thinners, had suffered recent brain bleeds that began after a recent fall, according to a close friend of the family, who spoke to The New York Times.
Over the past few weeks, he had not been able to speak on the phone, according to the family friend.
Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, was among the first to pay tribute to Robert.
‘Robert Trump has a big heart,’ he tweeted.
‘As a former Mayor I know how much he did to help New Yorkers in need.
‘We have lost a really good man. My love, prayers and condolences to the #Trump family.’
Robert’s death came one day after the president visited him in hospital in New York City, where he was said to be suffering from a serious condition.
Trump had been scheduled to travel to his country club in nearby Bedminster, New Jersey for the weekend, but made a stop in Manhattan first to check in on his sibling.
The president was seen leaving the heliport after flying in from New Jersey.
Hospital security guards were seen blocking off access to a street outside the medical center ahead of the president’s visit earlier this afternoon.
Trump was wearing a protective face mask as he arrived at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in Lennox Hill late Friday afternoon.
Robert had been admitted to the hospital and was described as ‘very ill’, however details of his illness are still not officially confirmed.
During a White House press briefing after his visit to his brother’s bedside, the president said his brother was ‘having a hard time’ but did not elaborate on why he had been hospitalized.
Robert, the youngest of the five Trump siblings, was previously hospitalized for ten days at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York in June.
He was admitted to the neurosciences intensive care unit where he was treated for a ‘serious condition’, the Daily Beast repo….