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Harold Bornstein, an eccentric Upper East Side doctor who used to count President Trump among his patients, died last week, his family said Thursday. He was 73.
The gastroenterologist, who was Trump's personal physician between 1980 and 2017, died last Friday morning, his family said in a paid obituary published in the New York Times. His cause of death was not revealed.
"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," Bornstein's obit said. "Dr. Bornstein was a force of nature who brought joy to his family, friends and everyone he encountered in life, and continues to do so in memory."
The White House did not return a request for comment.
The long-haired doctor made national headlines at the outset of Trump's 2016 campaign when he released a superlative-packed statement about the soon-to-be president.
The four-paragraph statement claimed that results from unspecified lab tests showed Trump was in "astonishingly excellent" health, and that his stamina was "extraordinary."
"If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency," wrote Bornstein, whose father had been Trump's personal doctor before him. © Provided by New York Daily NewsPresident Donald J. Trump
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For a time, Bornstein hoped Trump would name him White House doctor, according to reports. But the doc was shunned from Trump's orbit after he revealed to news outlets in early 2017 that the president was taking Propecia, a prostate-related drug that promotes hair growth.
In 2018, Bornstein alleged that Trump picked the wording for the hyperbolic statement about his own health.
"He dictated that whole letter. I didn't write that letter," Bornstein told CNN in May 2018. "I just made it up as I went along."
According to his obituary, Bornstein leaves behind his wife, daughter and four sons.
"Due to the ongoing pandemic, there will be a private service for family and friends," the obit said. "With sadness, the office at 101 East 78th Street will be without a 'Dr. Bornstein,' ready and waiting to care for his fellow New Yorkers, for the first time in almost 70 years."