Former US President George Bush dies at age 94, family spokesman says

Former US President George Bush dies at age 94, family spokesman says

Not only was he the 41st President of the U.S., he served as Vice President under Ronald Reagan for two terms, from 1981 to 1989, and his eldest son George Jnr also attained the White House as the 43rd President.

Bush was a steadfast force on the global stage for decades, from his stint as an envoy to Beijing to his eight years as vice president and his one term as commander in chief from 1989 to 1993.

A brief but deep recession saw the popularity he gained from his diplomatic win evaporate, costing him a second term in office.

In addition to being the President of the United States, Bush also served as Vice President of the United States under Ronald Reagan, and was a congressman, an ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence during his many decades of public service.

The longest living president in USA history, one of his biggest achievements was steering America through the end of the Cold War.

George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died.

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".

"Melania and I join with a grieving nation to mourn the loss of former president George H.W. Bush", Trump said in a statement from Buenos Aires, where he was attending the G20 summit.

Bush was married for 73 years to the former Barbara Pierce, a woman he met in his teenage years.

There were tributes from both sides of the political aisle to Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993 and lived longer than any of his predecessors.

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He was a World War II aviator and Texan oil tycoon before entering politics in 1964 as a Republican.

In April, he was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital, a day after a funeral was held for his wife, Barbara Bush.

George Herbert Walker Bush, the Connecticut Yankee who came to Texas to be an oilman, died as the patriarch of a Republican political dynasty.

Born on June 12, 1924, "Bush senior" was the oldest living USA ex-president.

"As so many Americans did, I had true affection for the man George Bush", he said in a statement.

George H.W. Bush enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday in 1942, right out of prep school.

In his later years he developed a form of Parkinson's disease and used a motorised scooter or a wheelchair for mobility.

"Read my lips, no new taxes", which Bush said when he accepted his party's nomination at the Republican National Convention, became the most repeated, cited and mocked line of his entire presidency-even though he uttered it before he was elected.

He flew 58 combat missions and was shot down over the Pacific by Japanese anti-aircraft fire.

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