In a 2015 interview with the Daily Mail, Donald Trump spoke about the difficult life of his older brother Fred, who died in 1981 at age 43.
The then-presidential candidate said his brother was a “great guy” and had the “best personality, much better than mine — the ‘best-looking guy,'” according to the outlet. But Trump also noted that Fred had a problem with alcohol. His older brother “had a very, very, very tough life because of alcohol,” Trump explained. “Believe me. Very, very tough, tough life.”
“But it just broke my heart the way he died,” Trump added. “It was ridiculous if you think about it. He had so much in front of him. So much.” However, Fred’s death, as brought on by his struggle with alcoholism, taught Trump an essential life lesson: “This is why I don’t drink, ever. I just don’t do it,” he said. “Fred told me not to, and I saw what happened to him when he didn’t follow his own advice.”