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Robert Trump, the US president’s younger brother, dead at 71

US President Donald Trump’s younger brother, Robert Trump, has died after being hospitalized in New York.

The cause of his death has, however, not been revealed. Trump told reported that Robert was having a hard time with an undisclosed illness, Reuters reported.

“It is with a heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight. He was not just my brother, he was my best friend.”

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“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,” Trump said in a statement

Robert Trump, who at 71 was younger than the 74-year-old president, was a business executive and real estate, developer. Unlike his reality TV star brother, Robert Trump shunned the limelight.

ABC News had reported that Robert Trump was hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Mount Sinai hospital in New York for more than a week in June.

For long, Robert Trump was not in the news. Recently, he requested a temporary restraining order to stop his niece Mary Trump’s book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.

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That month, Robert Trump won a temporary restraining order against his and the president’s niece, Mary Trump, to stop her from publishing a tell-all book that offered an unflattering look of the president and his family.

Robert Trump had said the book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” would violate a confidentiality agreement tied to the estate of his father Fred Trump Sr, who died in 1999.

The New York Post reported in March that Robert Trump had married his second wife, Ann Marie Pallan and that they lived in a country home on Long Island.

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Two of Donald Trump’s children expressed sadness about their uncle’s death.

“Robert Trump was an incredible man – strong, kind, and loyal to the core. Anyone who encountered him felt his warmth immediately. He will be deeply missed by our entire family,” said Eric Trump in a tweet.

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“Uncle Robert, we love you. You are in our hearts and prayers, always,” tweeted Ivanka Trump.

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