Donald Trump’s younger brother is dead

US President Donald Trump’s younger brother Robert has died aged 71.

Robert had fallen seriously ill, was being treated in a New York City hospital and was visited by his brother on Friday.

Mr Trump said: “It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight.

“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.”

The youngest of the Trump siblings had remained close to the 74-year-old president and, as recently as June, filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Trump family that unsuccessfully sought to stop publication of a tell-all book by the president’s niece, Mary.

Robert Trump, who at 72 was two years younger than the president, was a business executive and real estate developer.

The cause of death was not revealed but Trump had told reporters on Friday that his brother was “having a hard time” with an undisclosed illness.

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