However, his death was not announced until Thursday, January 14. It’s unclear how he passed away.
Dr. Bornstein, a gastroenterologist, was Trump’s personal physician from 1980 to 2017. Prior to that, Dr. Bornstein’s father, Dr. Jacob Bornstein, was Trump’s doctor.
In 2015, Dr. Bornstein made headlines when Hillary Clinton — who was running for office at the time — declared that Trump was not in good health to serve as president. As a result, he ordered Dr. Bornstein to issue “a full medical report.”
Trump released a four-paragraph letter — which was signed by Dr. Bornstein — stating that his lab test results were “astonglishly excellent” and his strength and stamina were “extraordinary.”
The letter also said, “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
In 2017, he said that he had not been in touch with Trump, and the White House had not asked him to send over Trump’s medical records, which is something new administrations typically do.
Shortly after, Dr. Bornstein — who previously told The New York Times that Trump was taking a prostate-related drug, Propecia, which helps with hair growth — revealed that three Trump representatives “raided” his office and had taken the former reality star’s medical records. “I feel raped,” Dr. Bornstein said at the time.
However, White House officials declined the raid ever happened, saying the men had gotten the medical records as “standard operating procedure.”
After Dr. Bornstein spoke with the outlet about Trump’s medications, he was nixed from Trump’s inner circle. He recalled that Rhona Graff, Trump’s executive assistant, told him: “So you wanted to be the White House doctor? Forget it, you’re out.”
In 2018, Dr. Bornstein admitted that he never actually wrote the memo about Trump — and it was actually the businessman who “dictated that whole letter” about his health. “I just made it up as I went along,” Dr. Bornstein said.
“Dr. Bornstein devoted his life to the practice of medicine, which he regarded as a sacred privilege,” his obituary reads.”His devotion to his patients was unparalleled and he continued a traditional style of personal medicine, making house calls and holding the hands of those in need until the end.”
“As a lifelong learner, he often spent nights under a lamp reading and annotating Italian language literature,” it continues.
Dr. Bornstein is survived by his wife, Melissa, daughter Alix and sons Robyn, Joseph, Jeremee and Jackson.
The New York Times was the first to report the news about Dr. Bornstein's death.