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Donald Trump sibling bios: Judge sister, alcoholic brother, retirees

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Perhaps the sibling President Donald Trump talks about the most is his older brother, Fred Jr., who died in 1981 at 43 from complications with alcoholism.

The eldest son of Fred and Mary Trump, Fred Jr. was initially intended to succeed his father as the head of the family business. But Freddy, as he was called by his friends and family, didn’t especially like real estate, and he quit to become a pilot for Trans-World Airlines.

It was while working as a commercial pilot that he met his wife, Linda Clapp, a flight attendant, and the couple went on to have two children, named Fred and Mary after his parents.

But by his mid-20s, Freddy became a heavy drinker and it started to have an impact on his life. Eventually, he had to quit flying because of the threat his drinking posed, and he and his wife divorced.

In a 2016 New York Times interview, Trump said he reached out to his brother as his life was spiraling out of control and tried to persuade him to come back to the family business. He was unsuccessful.

Fred Jr.’s early death has had a profound influence on Trump’s life, and he has said he never drinks because of it.

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