George Bush, the former President of the United States of America, died late last night at the age of 94.
Bush was the 41st President of the United States. According to a spokesperson, he died at 10.10pm Central time at his home in Houston.
He was the father of Former US President George W Bush, the 43rd US President who served two terms during the 2000s, and Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida who unsuccessfully sought the Republican Party presidential nomination in 2016.
In a statement, George W Bush stated: “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.”
Bush Senior served as the vice-president for eight years during the two terms of Ronald Reagan, before being elected to the White House as the Republican candidate in 1988. He defeated Michael Dukakis, the Democratic nominee and the former governor of Massachusetts.
However, he only served for one term after losing a re-election bid to Bill Clinton in 1992.
His death came seven months after his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, died. They were married for 73 years.
A day after her funeral last April, Bush Senior was admitted to hospital with a blood infection that resulted in sepsis.
In a statement, Donald Trump, the current US President, stated: “Melania and I join with a grieving nation to mourn the loss of former President George HW Bush.”
He continued: “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.”
Trump added: “Our hearts ache with his loss, and we, with the American people, send our prayers to the entire Bush family, as we honour the life and legacy of 41.”
Bush Senior supervised the defeat of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War of 1991 and the end of the Cold War with the USSR and the Warsaw Pact countries.
However, an idle domestic economy and a broken promise on not increasing the taxes hurt him politically and he was defeated by Clinton in the US Presidential elections in 1992.
Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts in 1924. He was the son of a wealthy US senator.
He joined the US Navy at the age of 18 to serve in the second world war. He flew to 58 missions off the carrier. He also survived after being shot down over the Pacific.
After the war, he married Barbara Pierce with whom he had six children.
Bush joined Yale and served as the captain of the baseball team. After graduating from college, he moved to Texas to work in the oil business.
In 1996, he was elected to the US House of Representatives. He served for two terms before being appointed by President Richard Nixon as the US ambassador to the United Nations.
Meanwhile, President Gerald Ford made him an envoy to China and the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.