Donald Trump recently announced that his mother-in-law had been ill and hospitalized. Now, she has passed away.
The United States' former First Lady Melania Trump enters the new year in the worst possible way.
In a post on social media platform X, she writes that she has lost her beloved mother, 78-year-old Amalija:
"With the deepest sorrow, I announce that I have lost my beloved mother. Amalija Knavs was a strong woman who devoted herself completely to her husband, daughters, grandson, and son-in-law. We will miss her infinitely and continue to honor her," writes Melania Trump.
It was only a few weeks ago that American Fox News reported that Melania Trump did not spend Christmas with her husband, Donald Trump, and their child, as she was instead with her sick mother.
The announcement came after several weeks of rumors about why the former president Donald Trump's wife had not been seen in public for a long time.
In his New Year's address, Donald Trump subsequently commented on his wife's absence.
Christmas Without the Family
The entire Trump family gathered in Florida to celebrate Christmas, and several family members actively shared pictures from the event on social media.
However, Melania was nowhere to be found, which sparked rumors about the family.
"Right now, she is at the hospital with her mother. Her mother is very ill, hopefully, she will recover," said Donald Trump in his New Year's address, which he subsequently published on X.
Trump did not disclose what his 78-year-old mother-in-law was suffering from, and her cause of death is still unknown to the public.
Melania Trump grew up in an apartment in the small town of Sevnica in Slovenia, where her father, Viktor, was a car salesman and driver for many years, and her mother, Amalija, worked in a textile factory.
There was significant debate when her parents received American citizenship in 2018.
At that time, the son-in-law, Donald Trump, was the President of the United States, and just a few months before, he had attempted to stop the same type of family-based immigration that secured citizenship for his wife's parents.
"Chain migration must stop now! Some people come in and bring their entire family, who can truly be evil. Not acceptable," he wrote at the time on Twitter.