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


Former U.S. 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, a family spokesman said.

"George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for".

Former First Lady Barbara Bush died in April, at which time the former president had to bury the love of his life.

Mr Bush was the president who led the USA at the end of the Cold War.

Republican candidate George HW Bush defeated Democrat Michael Dukakis in November 1988 in a 40-state sweep. They had been married for 73 years. He also battled Parkinson's disease and was hospitalized in the past year for a blood infection, low blood pressure and fatigue. He continued to suffer with ill health during the following months.

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George Bush Sr was visited by former president Barack Obama two days ago, according to the family's spokesman.

In 2012, the former president announced that he had vascular Parkinsonism.

George Herbert Walker Bush, America's 41st president, has died.

Prior to serving as President, Mr Bush served as Vice President for Republican heavyweight Ronald Reagan.

During World War Two, he was an aviator against the Japanese before being shot down in September 1944 while on a bombing raid.