Former US president George HW Bush dead at 94

Hannah Rogers
December 1, 2018

"He was 94 and survived by his five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two siblings", the statement read.

The decorated war pilot and former Central Intelligence Agency chief suffered the ignominy of being a one-term president, denied a second term over a weak economy when he lost the 1992 election to upstart Democrat Bill Clinton.

Mr Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, had six children and were married for 73 years - the longest presidential marriage in USA history.

In February 2011, then President Barack Obama awarded Bush the highest United States civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Mr Bush died shortly after 10pm on Friday.

Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper released a statement on Bush's passing, saying Bush was a "conservative leader and deeply devoted family man", and left behind "an incredible, enduring legacy".

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Bush Snr, a Second World War veteran, was born George Herbert Walker Bush in Milton, Massachusetts, on June 12 1924.

He was also chosen to serve as vice president to President Ronald Reagan from 1981 until 1989.

He served as the 41st president of the United States from 1989 to 1993. The couple was married for 73 years.

His presidency coincided with a period of world upheaval that saw the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the start of America's post-Cold War conflicts.

Bush faced a serious challenge when Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990.

In 1992, the former Republican President lost re-election to Democratic candidate Bill Clinton. He became a wheelchair user after he was diagnosed with a form of Parkinson's disease and he also struggled with bronchitis in 2013.

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