The 41st US president George H. W. Bush has died at the age of 94 in his home in Houston, eight months after the death of his wife Barbra Bush, who was 92.
The cause of death is not currently known, but he had been suffering from a disease called vascular parkinsonism, which mimics symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. In 2015 the former president broke a vertebra and had to start using a motorized scooter or wheelchair.
The former president was not able to attend Donald Trump inauguration and wrote to the then President-elect on Jan. 10, “My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it will likely put me six feet under. Same for Barbara. So I guess we’re stuck in Texas.”
Following his death, many heartfelt sentiments were expressed by many political figures, from former president Barrack Obama to Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Trump tweeted out in honor of the deceased Bush, “President George H.W. Bush led a long, successful and beautiful life. Whenever I was with him I saw his absolute joy for life and true pride in his family. His accomplishments were great from beginning to end. He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed by all!”
Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama said, “While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Not merely for the years he spent as our forty-first President, but for the more than 70 years he spent in devoted service to the country he loved — from a decorated Naval aviator who nearly gave his life in World War II, to Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces, with plenty of posts along the way,” the Obamas said in a statement. “George H.W. Bush’s life is a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling.”
Former vice-president Al Gore released a statement saying “President George H.W. Bush served our nation with extraordinary integrity and grace. I will remember him for his personal kindness and for his love of this country. He earned bipartisan respect for speaking up and taking action for what he believed was right, even when doing so was unpopular. He inspired countless Americans to volunteer and improve their communities through his Points of Light Foundation. President Bush leaves behind an American legacy of a lifetime of service that will be revered for generations.”
Prime Minister Theresa May praised Bush’s “ethos of public service.” and added in a statement, “At each stage of his remarkable career, the president worked side by side with his friends, colleagues and counterparts in the United Kingdom. Today Britain remembers a great statesman and a true friend of our country.”