US in now mourning for a great loss of its former leader, Former US President George HW Bush. He has died at the age of 94, his son George W Bush has announced.
President Bush Sr. passed away at 22:10 local time on Friday (04:10 GMT Saturday), a family representative said.
Bush Sr. served as the 41st US president between 1989 and 1993, his term defined by the end of the Cold War and the first Iraq war against Saddam Hussein.
It can be remembered that Bush’s health had been failing in recent years but he still managed to make public appearances.
In April, he was admitted to hospital with a blood infection but had since been discharged.
President Bush died seven months after his wife, Barbara.
“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” his son 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.”
GEORGE HW BUSH AS A LEADER
His single presidential term in office was dominated by foreign policy – the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
With the end of communism, Bush Sr. declared at his inauguration: “A new breeze is blowing, and a world refreshed by freedom seems reborn.”
Furthermore, the leader was instrumental in building the international military coalition that forced Iraq’s Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.
He became president after serving two terms as vice-president to Ronald Reagan – the first since 1836 to be elected from there into the top job.
His famous 1988 campaign promise – “Read my lips. No new taxes” – came back to haunt him when he felt compelled to reverse policy.