Former President George H. W. Bush dies at 94
HOUSTON, Texas – December 1, 2018
George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States (1989-1993), whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died at 94.
The former president died Friday at age 94, his son and former president, George W. Bush (2001-2009), said in a statement.
"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I sadly announce that after 94 extraordinary years, our dear father has died," he said in the statement.
He is survived by his five children, 17 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and two siblings. Bush died eight months after his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, whom he married 73 years ago.
George H. W. Bush was a war pilot during World War II, a Congressman, an Ambassador to the UN, the director of the CIA, Vice President for Ronald Reagan between 1981 and 1989, and ended his four-decade political career as President.
From the White House, Bush "41" (to differentiate him from his son, Bush "43") led the end of the Cold War, the first Gulf War, and the invasion of Panama as the Soviet Union collapsed and Germany reunified.
Despite his achievements beyond US borders, Bush was less successful back home. He fell short in his bid for reelection in 1992, during a time of high unemployment rates and continued deficit spending. He pulled in only 168 electoral votes that year, compared to Bill Clinton—then the governor of Arkansas—who collected 370 electoral votes. In 1993,he gave the Democrat Bill Clinton the keys to the White House and retired to his home in Houston with his wife where they settled down and became active in the community.
He was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital in April after "contracting an infection that spread to his blood," according to a statement from Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath.
The former commander-in-chief suffered from a form of Parkinson's disease and had been hospitalizedseveral times in recent years. He was treated for pneumonia and was temporarily placed on a ventilator in 2017.
In 2016, neither Bush 41 nor Bush 43 supported the Republican candidate for the White House and now president, Donald Trump, and according to some leaks both voted for the Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump, in fact, did not attend Barbara Bush's funeral in April.
In a statement, his presidential office reported that details of the funeral will be announced as soon as possible.