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