Trump’s sister passes on at 86

Maryanne Trump Barry, the eldest sister of ex-President Donald Trump, has died at the age of 86, United States (US) media reports.

She was found dead at about 04:00 EST (09:00 GMT) on Monday morning in her New York City apartment, according to ABC News. Her cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Barry served as a federal judge in New Jersey from 1983 until her retirement in 2019.

She is the third of Trump’s four siblings to have passed away.

A spokesman for the former president did not immediately respond to the BBC‘s request for comment.

Sources told ABC that emergency crews had responded to a call of a person in cardiac arrest. There were no signs of trauma or foul play, the outlet added.

A medical examiner will later determine cause of death.

Barry, who eschewed the family’s real estate business, served as one of only two female prosecutors in the US Attorney’s Office in New Jersey from 1974 to 1983.

With the help of her brother’s infamous lawyer and fixer Roy Cohn, Barry was nominated by President Ronald Reagan as a federal district judge in 1983.

In “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man”, a 2020 memoir written by her niece Mary, Barry said it was “the only favour I ever asked for in my whole life”.

It was a favour, though, that she claimed Trump never let her forget.

“Where would you be without me?” she quoted him as saying.

In 1999, Barry was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which encompasses portions of New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. (BBC)