After Roy Cohn met Donald Trump, he quickly became Trump’s mentor, advising him on every aspect of his business, criminal, and personal dealings. But on August 2, 1986, Cohn dies from his battle with AIDS having not spoken to Trump in months, maybe over a year.
He lied to absolutely everyone about his diagnosis, insisting he was ill from liver cancer. But people knew, and people talked. They talked to Trump, who then transferred all of his legal business to other attorneys.
In one of his last interviews before his death, Cohn told a journalist that Trump “pisses ice water.”
Cohn’s funeral is attended by a variety of politicians and celebrities, including Barbara Walters, Rupert Murdoch, Estée Lauder, and even Donald Trump. Trump stands in the back and isn’t asked to talk. Cohn’s burial site is visited by far fewer friends.
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