Bush was 94 year old…..
…from the Washington Post….
George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd, was a steadfast and masterful force on the international stage who approached the changing world with a pragmatic view. The last veteran of World War II to serve as president, he came to be seen as a consummate public servant and a statesman who helped guide the nation and the world out of a four-decade Cold War. Yet his lack of sure-footedness in the face of a faltering U.S. economy produced a turnaround in his soaring political fortunes after the triumph of the Persian Gulf War. He lost his bid for a second term as president….
…from the NY Times….
George Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd, who steered the nation through a tumultuous period in world affairs but was denied a second term after support for his presidency collapsed under the weight of an economic downturn and his seeming inattention to domestic affairs, died Friday night at his home in Houston. He was 94.
His death, which was announced by his office, came less than eight months after that of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush.
Mr. Bush had a form of Parkinson’s disease that forced him to use a wheelchair or motorized scooter in recent years, and he had been in and out of hospitals during that time as his health declined. In April, a day after attending Mrs. Bush’s funeral, he was treated for an infection that had spread to his blood. In 2013, he was in dire enough shape with bronchitis that former President George W. Bush, his son, solicited ideas for a eulogy.
But he proved resilient each time. In 2013 he told well-wishers, through an aide, to “put the harps back in the closet.”….’