Former US President George H.W. Bush dies

Aaron Brown
December 3, 2018

His son, George W. Bush, said in a statement: "Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dead Dad has died".

Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course, a family spokesman said.

After retiring from public life, Bush fulfilled a wartime pledge to one day jump out of a plane for fun and famously went skydiving on his 75th, 80th, 85th and 90th birthdays.

President Donald Trump has said the late George H W Bush "set the stage for the decades of prosperity" following his years in power.

They wrote that those whom Bush had inspired to public service were "illuminating the greatness, hope and opportunity of America to the world".

His death comes less than eight months after his wife Barbara died. In 1990, he put together a 30-nation coalition to oppose Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and in early 1991 launched Operation Desert Storm, a 100-hour land battle that routed the Iraqi army. Their union of 73 years is the longest presidential marriage in history.

The former president had been hospitalized in the recent past for respiratory conditions, including a mild case of pneumonia in April 2017.

The elder Bush's cautious realpolitik would later be contrasted to his son's far more costly ambition to transform the Middle East, but "Bush 41" refused to weigh in on the debate, insisting he was proud of the presidency of "Bush 43".

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It continues: "With sound judgement, common sense, and unflappable leadership, President Bush guided our Nation, and the world, to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War".

He was the last World War 2 veteran to serve as president.

One saw him shot down by Japanese anti-aircraft fire over the Pacific, leaving him to be rescued by a United States submarine.

He served as the 41st president of the United States between 1989 and 1993. His son George Walker Bush was president from 2001 to 2009, making them only the second father and son to hold the office, after John Adams (1797-1801) and John Quincy Adams (1825-1829).

It wasn't an easy job: when LIFE Magazine caught up with him, it was at the tense moment that the United Nations made a decision to admit "Red China" as a member in place of the Nationalist government based in Taipei.

After an $8.3 million renovation to the main exhibit on the life of Bush in 2007, the museum now features state-of-the-art audio guides, with the voices of George and Barbara Bush, as well as their daughter, Dorothy.

With Reagan barred by the U.S. Constitution from serving more than two terms, Bush plotted a presidential run for 1988, ultimately defeating the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.

George Jr revealed that a "crowning achievement" of his father, who was fond of coming up with nicknames for friends and family, was anointing Barbara, "The Silver Fox" in honour of her snowy white hair.

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