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Maryanne Trump Barry, Elder Sister of Donald Trump and Retired Judge, Passes Away

Maryanne Trump Barry, the eldest sister of former President Donald Trump, has died at the age of 86 in her New York City apartment, as reported by US media. The cause of her death has not been disclosed.

Career and Contributions

Mrs. Barry served as a federal judge in New Jersey from 1983 until her retirement in 2019. Notably, she was one of only two female prosecutors in the US Attorney’s Office in New Jersey from 1974 to 1983. Her nomination as a federal district judge in 1983 was facilitated by her brother Donald Trump’s lawyer, Roy Cohn. In 1999, she was appointed to the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by President Bill Clinton.

Family Dynamics

Maryanne Trump Barry, who distanced herself from the family’s real estate business, played a role in her brother’s political journey. She was a close confidante of Donald Trump and was even suggested as a potential choice for the US Supreme Court during his 2015 presidential campaign. However, their relationship reportedly strained after the release of her niece Mary Trump’s book, which included recorded conversations between Maryanne and her niece.

Controversy and Retirement

In 2019, a New York Times investigation into the Trump family’s tax affairs led to a judicial misconduct inquiry into Mrs. Barry. She retired in February of that year, and the inquiry was eventually closed without reaching a conclusion.

Personal Life

Maryanne Trump Barry was married twice, first to David Desmond, with whom she had a son named David, and later to John Joseph Barry, who passed away in 2000.

Surviving Family

Maryanne Trump Barry is survived by her only living sibling, Elizabeth Trump Grau, aged 81, a former banker. Donald Trump has lost two brothers, Fred and Robert, in 1981 and 2020, respectively, as well as his first wife, Ivana Trump, in the previous year.

The former president has not yet commented on the passing of his sister. Maryanne’s death marks the third sibling loss for Donald Trump.

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Source: BBC News

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