The 41st president of the United States, George HW Bush, has died at the age of 94.
"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died", his son, former president George W. Bush, said in a statement released on Twitter by a family spokesman.
"America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush". He ran against one of Bush's sons, Jeb Bush, in the GOP presidential primaries in 2016, and he was sharply critical of the presidency of another son, George W. Bush.
In his rise to the presidency, Bush held a variety of key positions over the years, often deemed by Republican presidents as the most qualified man in US public life.
In a joint statement with wife Melania, he added: "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".
In a statement issued early Saturday, Bush's successor, Bill Clinton said he would be "forever grateful" for the friendship he formed with the former president he turned out of the White House after one term.
The magazine ended up only publishing images of Bush at work, but photographer Leonard McCombe also captured the balance of Bush's life-the home and family that he left behind when he went off to NY to the United Nations.
He was appointed by President Richard Nixon as ambassador to the United Nations and then, with Nixon embroiled in the Watergate scandal that would lead to his resignation, as chairman of the Republican National Committee, tasked with limiting the damage to the party.
Only one other United States president, John Adams, had a son who also became president. They were the longest-married presidential couple in USA history.
Camera IconThis file photo provided by Office of George H.W. Bush shows a photo of former President George H.W. Bush that was tweeted on Friday, June 1, 2018, from his hospital bed while reading a book about himself and his late wife in Biddeford, Maine.
The high points of Bush's presidency included the end of the Cold War, a decisive victory over Saddam's Iraqi army in 1991, along with the soaring popularity it won him at home, and progress on Middle East peace.
During the Second World War, he became the youngest naval pilot at the age of 18 following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbour. "While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude".
During World War Two, he was an aviator against the Japanese before being shot down in September 1944 while on a bombing raid. He was succeeded by Democrat Bill Clinton.
After a brief career in the oil industry, he entered politics, serving in the US House of Representatives and as chief of the Central Intelligence Agency before being elected Ronald Reagan's vice president.
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