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George H.W. Bush: Family and World Leaders Remember Late President

The former president died in his home at age 94

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George H.W. Bush, 41st president of the United States, father of the 43rd president, died at age 94 in his Houston home, the family announced in a statement late Friday night. During his presidency, Bush oversaw the end of the Cold War and organized the first Gulf War against Saddam Hussein in Iraq. He also served as vice president to Ronald Reagan and served his country as a Navy aviator in World War II. His death comes months after the April death of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush.

“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” former president George W. Bush, his son, said in a statement. “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.”

Bush’s grandson, George P. Bush, also tweeted a tribute to the former president on Friday night, saying  “He was more than a great man; he was a good man. His courage was matched by his compassion; and his dedication to country was equaled only by his devotion to his family.”

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania also published a statement in reaction to the death, “Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night. Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light’ illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.”

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who worked with Bush to end the Cold War, also shared memories of the former president: “I express my deep condolences to the family of George H.W. Bush and all Americans over the death of the 41st president of the United States. I have a lot of memories associated with this person. We had a chance to work together during the years of tremendous changes. It was a dramatic time that demanded great responsibility from everyone. The result was an end to the Cold War and the nuclear arms race. I pay tribute to the contribution of George H. W. Bush to this historic achievement. He was a real partner.”

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