Donald Trump’s brother Robert Trump has died in a New York hospital.
The US President on Friday went to visit the younger Trump, who was being treated for an undisclosed illness.
Robert Trump was 71.
“It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” the President said in a statement released on Sunday.
“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.”
Mr Trump, who was wearing a face mask upon arriving at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, on Friday entered through a back door and stayed about 45 minutes, according to an AFP reporter covering the trip.
He had been stopping in New York on the way to his golf club in nearby Bedminster, New Jersey for the weekend, told reporters only that his brother was “having a hard time.”
Fox News reports the pair was close, quoting a White House spokesperson as saying the brothers shared a good relationship.
Robert Trump was the youngest of the five Trump siblings: Maryanne Trump Barry, 83, Fred Trump Jr., who died in 1981 at the age of 43, Donald, 74, Elizabeth Trump Grau, 78, and
He had reportedly spent more than a week in intensive care earlier this year. Details of his illness are not known.
While far less famous than his older brother, Robert Trump has long been an integral part of the family real estate empire as a top executive at the Trump Organization and was fiercely loyal to the president.
He unsuccessfully went to court to try and 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.
At a press conference, President Trump called his brother “wonderful” and said they have “had a great relationship for a long time, from day one.”