George H. W. Bush dead at 94

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Former President George H.W. Bush died Friday at the age of 94.

Bush's death came seven months after that of his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, to whom he was married for 73 years.

Bush, the 41st president of the United States, lived longer than any of his predecessors. He was a naval fighter pilot in World War II, attacking Japanese targets at the age of 18, victorious in one of the war's largest air battles, the Battle of the Philippine Sea.

He was the 41st USA president between 1989 and 1993, after serving two terms as vice-president to Ronald Reagan.

The 1991 Gulf War stoked his popularity.

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"Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as is practical". He was an equal ally of former election foe President Bill Clinton in helping victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma through the One America Appeal.

Bush was the patriarch of a political dynasty that included one son who served as president, another as a governor and a grandson who now holds statewide office in Texas.

His younger son, Jeb Bush, served as governor of Florida and mounted a disappointing presidential run in 2016. Bush is celebrating his 94th birthday in Maine.

Bush was admitted to hospital in ME in 2015 after falling at his summer home and breaking a bone in his neck.

In 1989, Bush defeated Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis and became the 41st president of the United States. He met Barbara Pierce during a party Phillips Academy party in 1941. She died at 92 in April 2018.

Lean and athletic at 188cm tall, Bush became a war hero while still a teenager. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery.

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