Former US president George HW Bush dies aged 94

Former President George H.W. Bush died shortly after 10 p.m. Friday about eight months after the death of his wife Barbara Bush

George H. W. Bush dead at 94

He served as the 41st president of the United States from 1989 to 1993.

Camera IconThis file photo provided by Office of George H.W. Bush shows a photo of former President George H.W. Bush that was tweeted on Friday, June 1, 2018, from his hospital bed while reading a book about himself and his late wife in Biddeford, Maine.

Bush's eldest son, former President George W. Bush, issued a statement shortly after the announcement of his death. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family and their friends as they mourn his passing and celebrate his historic life and legacy".

Bush was the last veteran of World War II to serve as USA president.

"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.

Clinton says Bush's extensive record of public service was rare, with his years in the military, in Congress, the United Nations, China, the Central Intelligence Agency and as vice president and president.

"The first phone call I had seven years later when I was defeated was from George who said "Come over to Maine, the blue fish are biting, come and spend a few days with us". On Friday Obama, the 44th president, said in a statement that America had "lost a patriot and humble servant".

Former President George H.W. Bush listens to the national anthem with Airmen from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing in 2006
Former President George H.W. Bush listens to the national anthem with Airmen from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing in 2006

Republican political figures responded swiftly to the news, sending the Bush family condolences through Twitter. Throughout his life and career, President Bush embodied that sense of duty and commitment to bettering our country - whether it was fighting for Americans with disabilities, ensuring clear air for future generations, or bringing a peaceful end to the Cold War.

"Along with his full life of service to country, we will remember President Bush for his devotion to family - especially the love of his life, Barbara".

He flew 58 combat missions during World War II.

But breaking that pledge as president led to his loss to Bill Clinton in 1992.

An American submarine rescued Bush.

Mr Bush only served one term as President. "As President, he set the stage for the decades of prosperity that have followed".

Thousands of U.S. troops were sent into Panama and the country's leader, Manuel Noriega, was arrested on drug trafficking charges and extradited to the United States to face trial.

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