Flowers laid are seen at the base of the statue at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station Texas
01 December, 2018, 08:28
Former President George H.W. Bush has died, according to a statement from his family.
White House advisor Kellyanne Conway tweeted: "Heartfelt sympathy and deep condolences to the entire Bush family on the passing of our 41st President, George HW Bush". He outlived both Gerald Ford, who died in 2006 at 93, and Ronald Reagan, who died in 2004 at 93.
The announcement came from his son and former president George W. Bush, who expressed grief over Twitter, by writing that Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and he are saddened to announce that after 94 notable years, their Dad has died.
Mr Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, had six children and were married for 73 years - the longest presidential marriage in U.S. history.
Despite achieving popularity ratings of 90%, Bush was accused of neglecting domestic affairs and was defeated by Bill Clinton in the 1992 election. He also battled Parkinson's disease and was hospitalized in the past year for a blood infection, low blood pressure and fatigue.
"President @GeorgeHWBush was very pleased to receive President @BarackObama this afternoon during his visit to #Houston".
As news of the statesman's death broke, the Obamas issued a statement, saying: "America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush".
His political career saw him occupy a number of positions including congressman, Central Intelligence Agency director and Ronald Reagan's vice president for the Republican Party before becoming the first member of the Bush political family to reach the nation's top office.
During World War Two, he was an aviator against the Japanese before being shot down in September 1944 while on a bombing raid.
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