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Ivana Trump’s friends worried about ‘treacherous’ staircase


One of Ivana Trump’s best friends always worried that Ivana might slip on what she called the beautiful but “treacherous” staircase at her opulent Manhattan home.

“I have to tell you something — that has always been my fear,” Nikki Haskell told Extra TV. “She had one of those really beautiful stairs that was impossible to walk down. Narrow in the inside and wider as it got out. I was always afraid that she would fail. I don’t know what happened, but it’s not hard for me to believe that’s what happened — treacherous stairs.”

Trump, 73, who reportedly had trouble walking and was in poor health, was found at the bottom of the stairs after either falling or going into cardiac arrest, authorities said. The city Medical Examiner’s office has deemed her death accidental.

Ivana Trump’s best friend, Nikki Haskell, feared “she would fall” on the “treacherous stairs” of her Upper East Side home.
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Ivana often posed in her luxurious, multi-million dollar townhouse on East 64th Street with the staircase in the background. Gossip columnist Rob Shuter said Friday night on News Nation that he had visited the apartment — and also called the staircase “treacherous.”

“(The apartment) wasn’t as renovated and up to speed as you’d think,” Shuter said. “Those stairs were always dangerous. The carpet on those stairs were a little bit worn too.”

The city Medical Examiner's office declared there was no foul play involved in Ivana Trump's death.
The city Medical Examiner’s office declared there was no foul play involved in Ivana Trump’s death.
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Ivana Trump previously posed by her large staircase at her Upper East Side home on October 4, 2017.
Ivana Trump previously posed by her large staircase at her Upper East Side home on October 4, 2017.
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Gossip columnist Rob Shuter also called Ivana Trump's staircase “dangerous” because of its worn out carpet.
Gossip columnist Rob Shuter also called Ivana Trump’s staircase “dangerous” because of its worn out carpet.
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Haskell, who had dinner with Trump not too long ago, said that in recent years Donald’s normally outgoing and social first wife had become “reclusive.”

“The past couple of years, she became very reclusive… She had a big townhouse and she was really afraid of getting the virus, much more so than anybody I know. She did not want to go anywhere, she did not want to travel… She took it very, very seriously. She was afraid of getting sick.”

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But Trump was reportedly about to rejoin the world, according to Haskell, and had been preparing to leave New York for St. Tropez where she had a home.

“She finally decided, ‘Okay, I’m going to go…’ She stayed in New York that whole time. She never left at all, and she was by herself and I am sure it was much more trying than I could even imagine.”

Ivana Trump previously posed by her large staircase at her Upper East Side home on October 4, 2017.
Nikki Haskell says Ivana Trump was about to travel before her death.
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Ivana Trump previously posed by her large staircase at her Upper East Side home on October 4, 2017.
Ivana Trump “became very reclusive” at her home during the pandemic because she feared catching coronavirus, according to gossip columnist Rob Shuter.
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Haskell said she recently asked Ivana what her plans were.

“She said, ‘You know, Nikki, I have been working since I am 3 years old… I just want to rest. I just want to enjoy my life.’”


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