Dr Harold Bornstein, the long-haired doctor from New York who once said Donald Trump would be “the healthiest person ever to be elected president,” died Friday at 73.
His death was listed in a paid obituary Thursday in The New York Times and did not specify a cause.
“Dr. Bornstein was a force of nature who brought joy to his family, friends and everyone he met in life, and continues to do so in memory. He loved his wife, Melissa, ”the obituary read.
After graduating from Tufts Medical School in 1975, Bornstein began practicing with his father on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He also worked at the nearby Lenox Hill Hospital.
Bornstein counted President Trump, 74, among his patients for more than 35 years until he gave an interview with The Times revealing the president was taking Propecia, a drug that stimulates hair growth.
“He’s got all his hair,” Bornstein said at the time, explaining that he takes the drugs himself. “I have all my hair,” he added.
In the same interview, Bornstein said Trump also took a drug to control rosacea, another to lower his cholesterol, and a daily baby aspirin to reduce the risk of a heart attack.
Two days later, Bornstein later alleged that three men, including a bodyguard for Trump, were forcibly armed in the doctor’s office to seize the president’s medical records. In an interview with NBC News, Bornstein called the incident a “raid” and said it made him feel “raped, scared and sad.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, then the White House press secretary, said the seizure, which took place shortly after Trump took office, was “standard procedure” for a new president.
In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, Bornstein made headlines for publishing a brief medical report that appeared to be written in the hyperbolic style favored by Trump. The letter said Trump’s health was “surprisingly excellent” and his endurance was “extraordinary”.
“If elected, Mr. Trump, I can unequivocally say, will be the healthiest person ever elected to the presidency,” Bornstein’s letter reads. He then explained that he wrote the note in just five minutes.
After Trump’s victory, Bornstein gave an interview to STAT News, a medical news site, revealing a bizarrely flippant attitude towards the health of the President of the United States.
“If something happens to him, it happens to him,” Bornstein told STAT. “It’s like all of us, isn’t it?” That’s why we have a vice-chair and a speaker of the House and a whole lineage of people. They can just keep dying.
Trump had drawn attention to his own health by repeatedly accusing opponent Hillary Clinton of poor health – a conspiracy theory fueled by Trump-aligned tabloids.
He became the oldest person ever to be sworn in at the Oval Office.
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