President Trump’s younger brother dies at age 71

President Donal Trump with his younger brother, Robert Trump. Photo via Twitter

New York, United States — President Donald Trump’s younger brother, Robert Trump dies at the age of 71.

The president pays tribute to his “best friend” and youngest brother after his death was announced.

“It is with [a] heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” he said in a statement on Saturday.

President Trump had visited his brother in the hospital of New York the day before his death and told the reporters that: “He’s having a hard time.”

The cause of Robert’s death has not been revealed yet. However, a number of US media reporters suggested that he had been seriously ill.

“He was not just my brother, he was my best friend,” Donald Trump said in a statement on Saturday. “His memory will live on in my heart forever.”

Eric Trump, President Trump’s son described his uncle as an “incredible man – strong, kind and loyal to the core”.

“He will be deeply missed by our entire family,” he wrote on Twitter.

Robert was the youngest child of Fred and Mary Anne Trump’s five children. He was born two years after his brother Donald was born. Their eldest sibling, Fred Jr passed away in 1981.

According to the New York Post, Robert spent more than a week in the intensive-care unit of Manhattan’s Mount Sinai Hospital in June.