Former US President George HW Bush dies at 94

Former US President George HW Bush dies at 94
George HW Bush was the 41st president of the United States. Photo: AFP
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Washington: Former US President George H W Bush, who presided over the end of the Cold War and routed Saddam Hussein's Iraqi army but lost a chance for a second term after breaking a no-new-taxes pledge, died on Friday at the age of 94

Bush, the 41st president of the United States, lived longer than any of his predecessors. His death at 10:10 pm central time was announced in a statement issued by longtime spokesman Jim McGrath. No further details about the circumstances of his death were immediately available.

Former US President George HW Bush dies at 94
The former president served as a US naval aviator during World War Two. Photo: Reuters

He was the father of former President George W Bush, who served two terms in the White House from 2001 through 2008, and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who unsuccessfully sought the 2016 Republican nomination for president.

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Then US President Ronald Reagan, left, raises his arms in the air with presidential hopeful George Bush, center, with First Lady Nancy Reagan, left, and Barbara Bush, in 1988. Photo: AFP

The elder Bush, a Republican like his sons, also served as vice president for eight years during Ronald Reagan's two terms as president, before being elected to the White House himself.

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Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev (R) meets with then US Vice President George Bush at the Soviet embassy in 1987. Photo: AFP

He defeated former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis, the Democratic nominee, in the 1988 presidential campaign, and lost his 1992 re-election bid to Democrat Bill Clinton.

Bush's death came seven months after that of his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, to whom he was married for 73 years.

The former president, who served as a US naval aviator during World War Two, had attended his wife's funeral in Houston in a wheelchair and wore a pair of colorful socks festooned with books, in honor of his late wife's commitment to literacy.

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