FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE HW BUSH DIES AT AGE OF 94
- George Herbert Walker Bush, America's 41st president, has died. He was 94. Bush died at 10.10pm CT on Friday at his home in Houston, his office confirmed in a statement.
The statement did not specify the cause of death, but Bush had a form of Parkinson's disease and had been hospitalised several times for pneumonia and other infections in recent years.
Days before his death, Bush was reportedly hospitalised with low blood pressure.
The World War II hero, who presided over the final days of the Cold War and the crackup of the Soviet Union, died less than eight months after the April death of his wife of more than 70 years, Barbara.
Bush's eldest son George W. Bush, the 43rd president, reacted to his father's passing in a statement on behalf of his siblings, saying: “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear dad has died.
“eorge H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41's life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared for and prayed for dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens,”
Cold War warrior, who spent a lifetime in high public office and created an American political dynasty passes away eight months after his beloved wife Barbara
the statement added. President Donald Trump and First lady Melania also offered tribute in a statement. “Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family and country President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service - to be, in his words, 'a thousand points of light' illuminating the greatness, hope and opportunity of America to the world,” the statement said. “His example lives on, and will continue to stir future Americans to pursue a greater cause.”
Other former presidents also weighed in with condolences on Bush's death.
“America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush,” Barack Obama said in a statement. “While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example. “The son of a senator and father of a president, Bush was the man with the golden resume who rose through the political ranks: from congressman to U.N. ambassador, Republican Party chairman to envoy to China, CIA director to two-term vice president under the hugely popular Ronald Reagan.
Former George Herbert Walker Bush, America's 41st president, died on Friday. He was 94.