FORMER US President George HW Bush has died at the age of 94, his family has confirmed.
The 41st President who helped steer America through the end of the Cold War passed away late on Friday night.
His death was announced in a statement released by longtime spokesman Jim McGrath.
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“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” his son, former President George W. Bush, said in the statement.
“George 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 and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”
President from 1989 to 1993, Mr Bush also served as a congressman, CIA director and vice-president to Ronald Reagan.
Mr Bush’s wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, died in April 2018.
America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. 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. pic.twitter.com/g9OUPu2pjY
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 1, 2018
Statement from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush pic.twitter.com/qxPsp4Ggs7
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2018
George H. W. Bush, the upper-crust war hero-turned-oilman and diplomat who steered America through the end of the Cold War as president and led a political dynasty that saw his son win the White House, has died aged 94 pic.twitter.com/meANYNyQ98
— AFP news agency (@AFP) December 1, 2018
JUST IN: George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States whose long life in the public sphere was defined by service, has died at the age of 94 https://t.co/x675kqvdtO pic.twitter.com/wymjZYYmky
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) December 1, 2018
— ABC News (@abcnews) December 1, 2018