Harold Bornstein, Trump’s Eccentric Former Doctor, Dies at 73

Dr. Harold Bornstein in his office. (Screenshot via NBC News)

Harold Bornstein, President Donald Trump’s former personal physician, has died. He was 73.

News of Bornstein’s death first surfaced last Thursday, after a paid notice was published in The New York Times.

The Times notice did not state a cause or place of death, and Bornstein’s office did not immediately return a request for comment from POLITICO.

The shaggy-haired, bespectacled gastroenterologist first came to public prominence in 2015, when he authored a note for the Trump campaign memorably predicting his patient “will be the healthiest individual elected to the presidency.”

In sharing the doctor’s report, then-candidate Trump mistakenly attributed it to Dr. Jacob Bornstein — Harold’s father, who had treated Trump until 1980. It was then that Harold took over Trump’s care.

Following Trump’s upset victory in the 2016 White House race, however, the doctor-patient relationship between the two men appeared to deteriorate.

A month after the election, Bornstein seemed relatively unfazed by the prospect of the new president — who, at 70, would become the oldest person to ever assume the office — dying on the job.

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SOURCE: Politico, Quint Forgey

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