Much has been made of the longevity of Trump's parents, but they were far from hale.
Furthermore, in clear physiological contrast with their son, neither was obese.
Trump claimed in 2011 that his father died at age 94 and his mother at 90
In reality, his father was 93 and his mother was 88.
Father (and paternal grandfather)
Trump's father, a real estate developer, died with Alzheimer disease at age 93 in 1998
His mental status began deteriorating before his hip replacement in 1991; during
that hospitalization he had clear sundowning
By contrast, in connection with his father's will, Trump testified
in a deposition that his father had been "sharp as a tack" until
just before he died
Trump contradicted his testimony in 2019 by saying that in his
father's "last few years he developed -- we probably think it was Alzheimer's"
Trump's father had a tumor removed from his neck, near his ear, during a
1989 hospitalization 1e
Trump's father was 6'1'', solidly built, and vain about his appearance. He wore a
wig and colored his hair starting in the early 1990s -- often resulting in a
Mary Trump describes Trump's father as "a high-functioning sociopath"
This Trump was left fatherless at age 12, when his father, previously an owner of
restaurants and brothels, died in the 1918 influenza epidemic
Trump claims longevity in his father's ancestors 5
In reality, this, of course, was not true for his father's father.
Trump's mother died at age 88 3
, having endured
a lifetime of health challenges.
In 1944 (circa age 32) she had a miscarriage
and was warned against further pregnancies
In 1949, at age 37, nine months after delivering
her final child, she was found unconscious at home, amid blood on the floor.
She underwent emergency hysterectomy (with oophorectomy -- removal of the ovaries)
after "doctors found
that serious postpartum complications had gone undiagnosed." This led to an
abdominal infection and further complications. At one point physicians said
she would not live a day. She underwent two more operations over the
next week and was in and out of the hospital over the next six months.
Removing her ovaries at this young age led to osteoporosis and painful
In addition to her osteoporotic fractures, she broke more bones when mugged in 1991 (age 79)
Her head was driven into her Rolls Royce,
causing brain hemorrhage and partial loss of sight and hearing. "When she hit the pavement, her
pelvis fractured in several places, and ribs broke"
She was admitted to an ICU with concerns
for her life. "It was weeks... before her pain became bearable"
For weeks afterwards at home, she slept on a hospital bed
Trump's mother was an insomniac wanderer who could be found
in the morning in unexpected places in the home. "More than once,
she ended up having to go to the hospital." For this problem she never
received psychiatric help.
During Thanksgiving dinner circa 1979, she had an episode of choking that
required the Heimlich maneuver by her son, Fred
Trump claims longevity in his mother's family, too 5
Prompted by an episode of "excruciating stomach pains" in 1978, doctors discovered
Fred, then 39 years old, had a "faulty" mitral valve and a "dangerously enlarged" heart.
He had a porcine valve replacement, followed by a long recovery.
He would never be well enough again to live on his own.
His long history of alcohol use included "a few stints in rehab to dry out" but he
had never stopped drinking. One physician told him "If you have another drink,
it's going to kill you." But even open-heart surgery failed to deter him.
Despite being just 42 years old, Fred's death certificate cites "natural causes"
as his cause of death
His ex-wife has said that "a heart attack" was the cause
His mother recalled that in the "last few weeks he couldn't get out of bed"
In his final illness, an ambulance took him to Queens Hospital (not his usual
hospital). No family went with him, and none went to the hospital when it was
disclosed that his condition was grave
Trump has subsequently shown signs of emotion when discussing Fred's fate
In reality, knowing that Fred was very sick in the hospital, Donald and his sister
Elizabeth instead went to the movies. Soon after they returned home, news came
that Fred was dead. (9:20pm)
Fred, an airline pilot, was 6'2'' tall
His other medical history included pneumonia, jaundice, and "despair"
In Trump's words, Fred "was an alcoholic. Died at a very young age, 43. ...
Probably around college time he started drinking
a little bit and then a little bit more and a little bit more. ...
he also smoked."
Donald Trump has abstained from smoking and drinking throughout his life
, a habit ascribed to Fred's influence
which also translated to a reborn
"just say no" approach to combating addiction nationally
Barron was born to a 35-year-old mother and 59-year-old father.
The pregnancy was "beautiful"
At less than three months of age, his 5-foot 11-inch mother
remarked: "He has long fingers and long legs"
As an infant, photographs show low-set ears
By age 14 photographs showed him to be considerably taller than his 6'2'' father
with his father describing him as "very tall"
A 2020 photograph shows a long lower-body segment, i.e. that much of his
height comes from his legs
Barron contracted covid-19 in October 2020, slightly after his parents did
He had few or no symptoms and recovered quickly