The eldest sister of former President Donald Trump and a former federal judge, Maryanne Trump Barry, has passed away at the age of 86. Her death was reported early Monday morning by The The New York Times and ABC News . Maryanne Trump Barry was known for her legal career, having served as a federal judge for many years. Her passing is a loss for the Trump family and the legal community alike.
The cause of death has not been disclosed by the authorities, however, according to sources cited by ABC, first responders were dispatched to her Fifth Avenue residence at around 4 a.m. following a call reporting an individual in cardiac arrest. No indications of foul play or physical injuries were reported.
According to a report from The Daily Voice, citing a source, it was revealed that Barry had been receiving hospice care due to cancer. The Daily Beast tried to contact the New York City medical examiner’s office for comment but did not receive a response.
As of Monday afternoon, there had been no public statement made by the 77-year-old former US President, Trump.
In 2020, Maryanne Trump Barry, sister of former President Donald Trump, gained attention for a leaked recording where she was heard criticizing her brother and his supporters. Despite being protective of him in the past, she did not hold back in expressing her disappointment and lack of respect for their actions. The incident sparked controversy and shed light on the complicated dynamics within the Trump family.
Barry’s niece, Mary Trump, who is currently suing Barry and the former president for allegedly conspiring to deprive her of her rightful inheritance, leaked that recording. She also published a critical book that revealed the financial inner workings of the Trump family.
Trump has lost yet another sibling as Barry, his younger brother, has passed away. This marks the third loss for Trump, with his youngest brother, Robert, passing away in 2020 at the age of 71 and his older brother, Fred Jr., dying from a heart attack at the age of 42 in 1981. Elizabeth Trump Grau, who is currently 81 years old, is now the only living sibling of the former president.
Barry, who served as a senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, retired in 2019 amidst a judicial conduct inquiry into her alleged involvement in potential tax fraud for her family.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan appointed her to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, marking her first appointment to the bench. Later in 1999, President Bill Clinton appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Barry was previously married to David Desmond, with whom she shares her only child. Their marriage came to an end in 1980 and two years later, she tied the knot with John Barry, who was a skilled trial and appellate lawyer. They were together until his passing in 2000 at the age of 60.
According to sources reported by the Times , even though Trump’s sister has been known to speak harshly about him on occasion, he values her opinion more than most of his inner circle. However, the recent leak of the recording featuring Barry’s comments has potentially impacted their relationship.
According to a tape recorded in 2018, as Trump oversaw a policy separating migrant children from their parents at the southern border, a woman stated that “He has no principles. None. None.” She further expressed her frustration towards the “phoniness” and “cruelty” of Trump’s actions, labeling him as a cruel person.