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Former US president George HW Bush dead at 94

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Former US president George HW Bush, who helped steer America through the end of the Cold War, has died at age 94, his family announced late Friday.

“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.

“George HW Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for,” he added.

Bush Senior served as the 41st president of the United States.

He had been hospitalised for low blood pressure and fatigue in May, a week after arriving in Maine to spend the summer. He was released a few days later and celebrated his birthday on June 12 — making history by becoming the first former president to reach the age of 94.

In April, he was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital, a day after a funeral was held for his wife, Barbara Bush.

Bush was the patriarch of a political dynasty that included one son who served as president, another as a governor and a grandson who currently holds statewide office in Texas.

The senior Bush had a lifetime of public service before he became president — as a young Navy pilot in World War II, Texas congressman, CIA director and faithful vice president to Ronald Reagan.

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