Ex. US President H W Bush is dead…
George Herbert Walker Bush, the former US president and father of George W Bush, has died aged 94.
The Republican served as commander-in-chief from 1989 to 1993 and eight years later watched his son also become the country’s leader.
Mr Bush Snr was a Second World War hero, Texas congressman, UN ambassador, CIA director, and Ronald Reagan’s vice-president between 1981 and 1989.
According to a Family spokesman Jim McGrath, the 41st president died shortly after 10pm on Friday.
George Herbert Walker Bush, who served one term as US leader, is survived by five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, as well as two siblings.
George H W Bush, who was the 43rd president, issued a statement following his father’s death.
In it, he said: “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died.
“George HW 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,” he added, referring to Mr Bush’s nickname.
Mr Bush is the longest living president in US history, one of his biggest achievements was steering America through the end of the Cold War.
He also saw his popularity swell with America’s success in the 1990-1991 Gulf War, where US and coalition forces liberated Kuwait from Iraqi control following an air and brief ground campaign.
A short but deep recession saw his popularity evaporate, costing him a second term in office.
He was also haunted by his decision to break a stern, solemn vow he made to voters before he became president: “Read my lips. No new taxes.”
Ex President HW Bush was succeeded by Democrat Bill Clinton.
His death comes less than eight months after the death of his wife Barbara. They had been married for 73 years.
The day after her death, George Bush was taken to hospital with a blood infection. He continued to suffer with ill-health during the following months.
President Donald Trump said George Herbert Walker Bush, “set the stage for the decades of prosperity” following his years in power.
He said further that he and his wife Melania “join with a grieving nation to mourn the loss of ex President George H W Bush”.