Robert Trump, the president’s younger brother who shunned the spotlight, died at 71. He had been in poor health since last month.

Robert Trump, younger brother of President Donald Trump, dies in New York hospital

President Donald Trump visited his brother on Friday and said later, “He’s having a rough time.” The White House has not released details about why Robert Trump had been hospitalized.

President Donald Trump’s younger brother, Robert Trump, died Saturday in a New York hospital, the White House said in a statement.

“It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” Trump said in a statement from the White House press office. “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.”

There were conflicting reports about whether he was 71 or 72.

Ivanka Trump tweeted shortly after the announcement of her uncle’s death, saying “You are in our hearts and prayers, always.”

“Uncle Robert, we love you,” she tweeted.

Her brother, Eric Trump, called their uncle an “incredible man — strong, kind loyal to the core.”

“Anyone who encountered him felt his warmth immediately. He will be deeply missed by our entire family,” he said in a tweet.

President Trump visited his brother at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan on Friday, saying afterward that he hoped Robert Trump “was okay.”

“He’s having a tough time,” the president said on Friday.

The hospital visit came ahead of Trump’s scheduled weekend trip to his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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