Donald Trump's first wife and mother of his three eldest children -- has died at the age of 73, the former president announced Thursday.
"She was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life," said Donald Trump, 76.
Ivana Trump, a model who grew up under communist rule in former Czechoslovakia, married Donald Trump, then a budding real estate developer, in 1977.
Their first child, Donald Jr., was born later that year. Ivanka was born in 1981 and Eric followed in 1984.
"Our mother was an incredible woman — a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and a caring mother and friend," the post said.
"She will be dearly missed by her mother, her three children, and ten grandchildren," he added.
Their power and celebrity grew as Donald Trump's property business soared, with Ivana Trump taking on several key roles in the business.
Donald Trump and Ivana Trump divorced in the early '90s and in 1993 the future president married Maples.
Ivana Trump went on to enjoy a successful business career of her own, developing clothing, jewelry, and beauty products and penning a number of books.
Donald Trump's union with Maples lasted until 1999. He married his third and current wife, Melania Trump, in 2005.