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US President Donald Trump’s younger brother dies at 71

US President Donald Trump has confirmed that his younger brother, Robert, has passed away at the age of 71.

“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,” Trump said in a statement.

Trump made an emotional visit to see his ailing brother on Friday at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center before going to his golf club at Bedminster, New Jersey, for the weekend. The cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Born in 1948 as the youngest of real estate developer Fred Trump’s five children, Robert was a longtime businessman as well, managing the Trump Organization’s real estate holdings outside Manhattan.

He was perceived as a quiet and easygoing person in the Trump family, being shielded from his father’s disciplines and keeping a low public profile particularly after his elder brother won the presidency.