George H. W. Bush, president of the United States from 1989 to 1993, father of President George W. Bush, World War II veteran, and former CIA director died Friday, his family has announced.
He passed away in Houston, Texas, at 10:10 p.m. Central Time, according to his spokesman Jim McGrath, who said funeral arrangements “will be announced as soon as is practical.” Bush was in failing health in recent years but was able to parachute on his 90th birthday. In the last week of his life, he was visited by former President Barack Obama, with whom he had developed warm relations.
A statement released from his office read: “George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator, Texas oil pioneer, and 41st President of the United States of America, died on November 30, 2018. He was 94 and is survived by his five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two siblings. He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years; his second child Pauline Robinson ‘Robin’ Bush; and his brothers Prescott and William or ‘Bucky’ Bush.” Barbara Bush died in April at age 92.
Former President George W. Bush said in a statement: “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died. George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. 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.”
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