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Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush dies at 94

01 December 2018

President George H.W. Bush, 94, passed away late Friday night.

His eldest son, George W Bush, went on to become the 43rd United States president.

In January 1945 he married Barbara Pierce, with whom he went on to have six children - George, Robin (who died as a child), John (also known as Jeb), Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy.

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In a statement, George W Bush described his father "as a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for".

In April, he was admitted to a hospital intensive care unit with an infection, a week after the death of his wife Barbara.

Only one other USA president, John Adams, had a son who also became president. The Republican was defeated in his bid for a second term by Democrat Bill Clinton. He then celebrated his birthday on June 12 - making history by becoming the first former president to reach the age of 94.

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In February 2011, then President Barack Obama awarded Bush the highest U.S. civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.

President Bush, a World War II naval pilot and Texas oil tycoon, was announced dead in a statement by his office.

In his later years he developed a form of Parkinson's disease and used a motorised scooter or a wheelchair for mobility.

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The elder Bush, a Republican like his sons, also served as vice president for eight years during Ronald Reagan's two terms as president, before being elected to the White House himself.

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Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush dies at 94