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Former US President George Bush Sr dies at 94

Former US President George HW Bush has died at the age of 94, his son George W Bush has announced.

George Bush Sr, as he was known, passed away on Friday evening, a statement said on behalf of the family. He was a World War Two aviator and Texan oil tycoon before entering politics in 1964 as a Republican. In April, he was admitted to a hospital intensive care unit with an infection, a week after the death of his wife Barbara.

“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” George Bush Jr, who went on to serve as the 43rd US president, said in a statement. “[He] was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.”

Despite achieving popularity ratings of 90%, the Republican was accused of neglecting domestic affairs and was defeated by Bill Clinton in the 1992 election. Bush Sr joined politics in 1964 after starting a Texan oil business and becoming a millionaire by the age of 40. During World War Two, he was an aviator against the Japanese before being shot down in September 1944 while on a bombing raid.

He is survived by five of his children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two siblings.

 

source;BBC

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