George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States and father of George W. Bush, the 43rd president, has died at the age of 94. His death was announced by his office on Friday and comes a mere eight months after the passing of his wife, Barbara Bush, whom he was married to for 73 years.
In a statement, speaking for himself and his siblings, George W. Bush said, “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died.”
“George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for,” he continued. “The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”
Bush, according to a report by the New York Times, suffered from a form of Parkinson’s disease. The illness forced him to rely on a wheelchair or motorized scooter for the past several years.
Recently, he has also had several hospital stays as a result of his declining health. Just one day after attending his wife’s funeral, Bush was treated for a blood infection. He remained in the hospital for 13 days, and many feared that he, too, would pass away.
In 2013, he battled a bout of bronchitis that was severe enough for his son to request ideas for a eulogy.
Bush proved resilient at the time, even telling well-wishers in 2013 to “put the harps back in the closet.”
Bush was the patriarch of a major political dynasty. Along with George W. Cush serving as the 43rd president, another son, Jeb Bush, become governor in the state of Florida and even made a bid for the presidency, though it was unsuccessful. A grandson is currently holding a statewide office in Texas.
Bush Sr. also had a long history of public service, serving in the Navy as a pilot in World War II, a congressman for the state of Texas, director of the CIA, and as vice president to Ronald Reagan.