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Robert Trump, the younger brother of President Donald Trump, dead at age 72

August 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during an Election Night invitation-only party at the New York Hilton Midtown November 8, 2016 in New York City. Trump and his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, have been locked in a tight race for the White House.

Robert Trump, 72, the younger brother of President Donald Trump, died Saturday at a New York hospital, Donald Trump announced in a statement.

(CNN)Robert Trump, 72, the younger brother of President Donald Trump, died Saturday at a New York hospital, Donald Trump announced in a statement.

Donald Trump made a last minute decision to go to New York Friday to visit his brother as he headed to New Jersey for the weekend.

Robert Trump had been admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.

And he's in the hospital right now," Trump said Friday when asked about his brother.

Later Friday as he headed to see his brother Trump told reporters: "He's having a tough time. "

Robert Trump had served as an executive vice president of the Trump Organization.

Robert Trump was born in 1948 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.

Robert Trump said in 2016 that he supported his brother's presidential run and according to Town & Country, he hosted events and fundraisers in Millbrook for his brother and other Republicans. In June, Robert Trump filed a temporary restraining order in an attempt to block the publication of an unflattering tell-all book by Mary Trump, Fred Trump Jr. 's daughter.

Robert Trump said in a statement to The New York Times at the time that he was "deeply disappointed" in Mary Trump's decision to publish the book, which included details about the President's family, childhood and upbringing.

Mary Trump said in an interview with Greenpeace earlier this week that Robert Trump had been sick and hospitalized "a couple of times in the last three months. "

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