Ivana Trump’s ex-husband Rossano Rubicondi dies at age 49: ‘I’m crushed,’ she says

Ivana Trumps ex-husband Rossano Rubicondi

Ivana Trumps ex-husband Rossano Rubicondi

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Ivana Trump’s ex-husband Rossano Rubicondi has died. He was 49.

Trump on Saturday confirmed the news of Rubicondi’s death to PEOPLE. “I’m broken,” she told PEOPLE.

The actor and model’s death was announced on Friday by Italian TV personality Simona Ventura, who shared a recurring image of herself and Rubicondi on Twitter.

“Rossano … Thank you for the journey we made together, for the quarrels, the piss, but also the explanations and the laughter, as many as we did together. Have a good trip RiP,” Ventura, 56, wrote.

Details about Rubicondi’s death are not yet known. Reps for Rubicondi did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

The Italian news media Internapoli reported that Rubicondi had been ill for a year.

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Rubicondi was born on March 14, 1972 in Rome, Italy. He appeared in such films as The eighteenth angel starring Rachael Leigh Cook and The golden bowl with Uma Thurman and Kate Beckinsale. In recent years, he has been working on launching Rossano To Go, a pizzeria in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Trump, 72, married Rubicondi, her fourth husband, in April 2008 after six years of dating. The $ 3 million wedding hosted her ex-husband Donald Trump at his Mar-A-Lago resort in Palm Beach, and their daughter Ivanka Trump served as her maid. “It’s not a 24-7 marriage, but we both enjoy it!” Ivana told PEOPLE in 2009 referring to the couple’s often long distance relationships.

Although they filed for divorce less than a year after tying the knot, they continued an on-and-off relationship and even danced together on the Italian version of Dance with the stars in 2018. Ivana later revealed that they resigned in 2019.

“The relationship just ran its course,” she said Page six back then. “Rossano spends a lot of time in Italy and I spend a lot of time in New York, Miami and St-Tropez and he has to work. The long distance relationship really doesn’t work. We were fine and are friends. The split was amicable.”

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“Ivana is always family to me,” Rubicondi said at the time, adding that she has a “good heart… we are super close. I have good respect for her.”

The friendly exes were seen together as late as July when they enjoyed an evening stroll through New York City in photos taken by Daily mail.

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