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Donald Trump's youngest brother Robert died at the age of 71

In the middle of the election campaign, US President Donald Trump has to cope with a severe blow of fate: his brother Robert has died. The two were evidently very close.

The younger brother of US President Donald Trump, Robert Trump, is dead. "It is with a heavy heart that I announce that my wonderful brother Robert died peacefully this evening," said Trump on Saturday evening (local time). "Not only was he my brother, he was my best friend. He will be missed very much, but we will meet again." Robert Trump would have been 72 years old on August 26th, as reported by the Washington Post and the broadcaster Fox News.

Robert is said to have been sick for months

Donald Trump expressed concern about the health of his younger brother on Friday and reported that he was in the hospital. Trump then tweeted that he had visited him in New York. The White House did not provide details of the disease on Saturday either. Robert Trump is said to have been sick for several months, as the "New York Times" and the broadcaster CNN reported.

A few hours before the death of Robert Trump became known, the US President had given a detailed press conference in Bedminster (New Jersey), which discussed, among other things, the corona pandemic and the worsening dispute over postal votes. He had not commented on his brother's health. The relationship between the brothers was considered very good. "Robert, I love you," said the 74-year-old president that evening. "Rest in peace."

Trump is in the middle of the election campaign - several appearances in various states are planned for the coming week, parallel to the Democratic Party conference. It was initially unclear whether the death would affect it. Among other things, Trump wants to perform on Thursday not far from the birthplace of his rival Joe Biden in Pennsylvania. The US election will take place on November 3rd, around 80 days from now.

Group manager

Robert Trump used to work as a manager in his brother's group of companies. In 2016, during the election campaign, he said in an interview that he supported his brother 1,000 percent. A former Trump Organization employee Jack O'Donnell told the New York Times that he felt very comfortable being Donald Trump's brother and not like him.

According to US media reports, Trump lived in Millbrook, north of New York City, and had largely withdrawn from the public eye in recent years. Recently, headlines made headlines about his failed attempt to prevent his niece Mary's book from being published on the Trump family. Mary Trump is the daughter of Trump's eldest brother Fred, who died in 1981 at the age of 43.

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