Former First Lady Loses Mother 

Former first lady Melania Trump shared a piece of sad news on Tuesday night after she announced the death of her mother, Amalija Knavs, 78.

The former first lady announced the sad news on her X social media account, noting that her mother was a strong woman who carried herself with grace at all times.

“It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of my beloved mother, Amalija,” the former first lady wrote on X. “Amalija Knavs was a strong woman who always carried herself with grace, warmth, and dignity. She was entirely devoted to her husband, daughters, grandson, and son-in-law. We will miss her beyond measure and continue to honor and love her legacy.”

Knavs died following an undisclosed illness that left her hospitalized, the former first lady stayed by her mother’s sick bed and missed the Trump family Christmas photo shoot. Melania’s absence raised much speculation that she and her husband, former President Donald Trump, were separating.

Those speculations were soon banished after reports emerged that Melania was by her sick mother’s bedside.

“Melania has always been very devoted to her entire family,” a source close to the former first lady told Fox News Digital at the time. “It should be no surprise that she spent this Christmas with her ailing mother.”

Trump paid homage to Knavs on his Truth Social account where he described his mother-in-law as a “great and beautiful mother.”

“This is a very sad night for the entire Trump family!!! Melania’s great and beautiful mother, Amalija, has just gone to a beautiful place in the sky,” Trump wrote. “She was an incredible woman, and will be missed far beyond words!”

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-TX) extended his condolences to Melania, adding that she became an incredible first lady because of the values that her late mother passed to her.

“Mrs. Trump was an incredible First Lady who carried herself with impeccable poise, character, and love—values that her mother undoubtedly passed down,” Donalds wrote. “May Amalija’s legacy live on through all those who knew and loved her.”