Former US president George Herbert Walker Bush died aged 94

Former US president George Herbert Walker Bush died aged 94

- George Herbert Walker Bush, America's 41st president, died on Friday night

- He had been hospitalised several times for pneumonia and infections

- Death comes less than eight months after wife Barbara's passing in April

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Former United States (US) President George Herbert Walker Bush, who helped steer America through the end of the Cold War has died at the age of 94.

The former president is reported to have died shortly after 10pm on Friday, November 30, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush, to whom he was married for 73 years.

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Former US president George Herbert Walker Bush dies aged 94

Former US President George H.W. Bush has died at age 94 in Houston, according to his spokesperson.

His passing-on was confirmed by the family spokesman, Jim McGrath, who did not specify the cause of his death.

The 41st president of the US has however been hospitalized several times for pneumonia and other infections in recent years.

Bush's eldest son former President George W. Bush, led the tributes to his father in a statement on behalf of his siblings.

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Former US president George Herbert Walker Bush dies aged 94

George W. Bush is hugged and given a handshake by his father, former president George H.W. Bush.

"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear dad has died," Bush said in a statement.
"George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for," he added.

Former President Barack Obama said America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush while noting despite their hearts being heavy, they were also filled with gratitude.

The nation's 41st president, who lived longer than any of his predecessors, served from 1989 to 1993, and eight years later watched his son George W. become the 43rd president of the US.

The elder Bush saw his popularity swell with the United States' success in the Gulf War in 1991, only to watch it fade quickly in a brief but deep recession.

After losing the White House in 1992, Bush became a widely admired political elder who leapt out of airplanes to mark birthday milestones.

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Emphasising the generosity of his soul, he forged a close, and unlikely, friendship with Democrat Bill Clinton, the man who ended his presidency.

The first sitting vice president to be elected to the presidency since 1836, Bush was also only the second person in US history to see his own son follow in his presidential footsteps when George W. Bush was elected in 2000.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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