Donald Trump attends funeral of his first wife Ivana

Mr Trump's family announced on Thursday that the 73-year-old had died at her Manhattan home.

Former president Donald Trump paid his respects to his first wife, Ivana Trump, joining their three children at a funeral Mass in New York.

The former president and his current wife, Melania Trump, arrived at St Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Minutes earlier, Donald and Ivana Trump’s three children — Donald Jr, Ivanka and Eric — and their families followed Ivana’s gold-coloured coffin into the church.

Tiffany Trump, the daughter of the former president and his second wife, Marla Maples, also attended the service.

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The family of Ivana Trump follows behind as pallbearers carry her casket (John Minchillo/AP)

Mr Trump’s family announced on Thursday that the 73-year-old had died at her Manhattan home.

Authorities said the death was an accident.

“We all want to remember Ivana as the vibrant, sociable person she was,” long-time friend R Couri Hay said before the service.

Ivana and Donald Trump met in the 1970s and were married from 1977 to 1992.

In the 1980s, they were a power couple, and she became well known in her own right, instantly recognisable with her blond hair in an updo and her glamorous look.

Ivana Trump also took part in her husband’s businesses, managing one of his Atlantic City casinos and picking out some of the design elements in New York City’s Trump Tower.

Their very public divorce was ugly, but in recent years they were friendly.

Ivana Trump was an enthusiastic supporter of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and said they spoke on a regular basis.