George H. W. Bush dead at 94

Posted December 01, 2018

Former US President George H.W. Bush has died at the age of 94, his son George W Bush has announced.

Tributes started pouring in as the news of his death was announced by his family today.

Bush served two terms as a Representative to Congress from Texas and served as Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, as well as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Months into his presidency he was faced with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and he oversaw the removal of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega.

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

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Bush was born June 12, 1924 in Milton, Mass., and grew up in Greenwich, Conn. One of the youngest pilots in the Navy, he flew 58 missions off the carrier USS San Jacinto.

An American submarine rescued Bush. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery.

He was also the father to George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States.

Another son, Jeb - a former Florida governor - made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination in 2016.

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

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Mr Bush had vascular parkinsonism, a form of Parkinson's disease, and used a wheelchair or motorised scooter for the last six years.

He had been hospitalised for low blood pressure and fatigue in May, a week after arriving in ME to spend the summer.

He was taken to hospital the previous December because of shortness of breath and spent Christmas 2012 in intensive care for a bronchitis-related cough and other issues. Bush is celebrating his 94th birthday in Maine.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama tweeted his condolences, saying "America has lost a patriot and humble servant ..."

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