Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Former President George H.W. Bush Has Died At Age 94

Former President George H.W. Bush Has Died At Age 94

Bush, the 41st president of the United States, lived longer than any of his predecessors.

"Not merely for the years he spent as our forty-first President, but for the more than 70 years he spent in devoted service to the country he loved - from a decorated Naval aviator who almost gave his life in World War II, to commander-in-chief of our Armed Forces, with plenty of posts along the way".

His pronouncement soon proved prophetic, with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union occurring early in his presidency. The family also thanked those who cared for and prayed for their beloved dad in recent days.

In a statement, George W Bush described his father "as a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for".

Before that, he served as vice president under Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989.

The Republican giant was wheelchair-bound in his final years but was still active up until the end, and the New York Times obituary of the former president detailed his fight with Parkinson's in his final years.

Only one other US president, John Adams, had a son who also became president.

Bush's death came seven months after that of his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, to whom he was married for 73 years.

In January 2017, his office announced that he and his wife would not attend President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration due to the former president's age and health.

Bush Snr, a Second World War veteran, was born George Herbert Walker Bush in Milton, Massachusetts, on June 12 1924. Around 425,000 United States troops and 118,000 coalition forces were mobilized for weeks of aerial strikes and a 100-hour ground battle.

In late 1989, Bush sent U.S. troops to Panama to oust strongman Manuel Noriega. He was defeated by Democrat Bill Clinton.

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