Former US President George HW Bush dies at 94

Flowers laid are seen at the base of the statue at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station Texas

His son George W. Bush later took over the White House, serving as President for two terms from 2001 to 2009.

The longest living president in USA history, one of his biggest achievements was steering America through the end of the Cold War. He was succeeded by Democrat Bill Clinton.

Just one day after the former first lady's funeral, Bush was hospitalised for blood infection on April 23, and remained there for 13 days.

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In January 1945 he married Barbara Pierce and together they had six children - George, Robin (who died as a child), John (known as Jeb), Neil, Marvin and Dorothy.

President Donald Trump has said the late George H W Bush "set the stage for the decades of prosperity" following his years in power.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama tweeted his condolences, saying "America has lost a patriot and humble servant ..."

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The decorated war pilot and former Central Intelligence Agency chief suffered the ignominy of being a one-term president, denied a second term over a weak economy when he lost the 1992 election to upstart Democrat Bill Clinton.

"President @GeorgeHWBush was very pleased to receive President @BarackObama this afternoon during his visit to #Houston".

It was during the presidency of his son, George W Bush, that Saddam's rule would eventually end.

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

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