Security was tight around the St. Vincent Ferrer church on the Upper East Side Wednesday afternoon, where a funeral was held for Ivana Trump, who was found dead in her Lenox Hill townhouse last week.
An invitation-only list of mourners — including her ex-husband, former President Donald Trump, and their three adult children— gathered at the UES church for the private mass to celebrate the 73 year old’s life.
Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka Trump were all expected to give eulogies during the service.
Outside, police barricades kept the media and a crowd of Trump fans penned in across the street from the Roman Catholic church, located at 869 Lexington Avenue between East 65th and 66th Streets, while Secret Service agents were seen screening people before they entered.
Prior to the church service at St. Vincent Ferrer, Mr. Trump, former First Lady Melania Trump, Don Jr., Eric, Ivanka and Jared Kushner paid their respects at the Frank E. Campbell funeral home— located at 1076 Madison Avenue, near East 81st Street— watching as Ivana’s gold casket was loaded by pallbearers into a waiting hearse.
“We love you! We love you! 2024!” fans could be heard shouting the Trump family during the somber moment.
Ivana Trump was found dead last Thursday afternoon, at the bottom of a staircase inside her home on East 64th Street near Fifth Avenue, investigators say.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled Ms. Trump’s death to be accidental, saying she died from ‘blunt impact injuries of torso’– likely the result of a fall down the stairs.
“She was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life,” former President Trump wrote last week in a social media post announcing the death of his ex-wife.
“Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. She was so proud of them, as we were all so proud of her.”
Ivana Trump also played an integral role in the creation of Donald Trump’s real estate empire, according to the New York Times, working alongside the future President on some of his flashiest developments, including Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and the defunct Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City.
The iconic New York power couple divorced in 1992.