"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," Donald Trump said in a statement from the White House.
Robert Trump was admitted to the intensive care unit of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York with undisclosed health problems in June, remaining hospitalized for over a week.
President Trump praised his brother in August before visiting him in New York-Presbyterian Hospital. "I have a wonderful brother," President Trump said in August. "We have a great relationship for a long time, from day one, so long time ago."
Robert Trump had retired to upstate New York where he was recognized as a philanthropist. He served as a trustee for Angels of Light, a non-profit organization that provides holiday gifts to children with life-threatening illnesses. Robert Trump also donated to a project called Patriots and Ponies, which provides equine-assisted pyschotherapy to veterans struggling with mental issues.