George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States of America and the father of former President George W. Bush, has died. He was 94.
The former president passed away on Friday night at 10.10 p.m. his spokesperson Jim McGrath confirmed.
One can say it as a tragedy or something but his death comes just eight months after his beloved wife Barbara died on April 17. The pair met as teenagers, and their “storybook” marriage lasted 73 years. Even after her death, the lifelong Republican remained devoted to his bride, sitting beside her casket for hours in his wheelchair as mourners paid their respects while she lay in repose one day before her invitation-only funeral. But the weight of her passing clearly took a toll on Bush, who was admitted to the intensive care unit of Houston Methodist Hospital less than 24 hours after her death, after contracting an infection that spread to his blooHe later recovered and traveled to the family’s beloved summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, in mid-May, but a week later was readmitted to the hospital for low blood pressure and fatigue.
The New England native leaves behind five living children: George W., Jeb, Neil, Marvin and Dorothy — 14 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. (Poppy, the second child of granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager, was named after her great-grandfather, who went by the nickname in his youth.)
He is predeceased by daughter Robin, who died at three of leukemia in 1953, and is buried alongside her mother.
His grandchildren affectionately nicknamed him “Gampy,” and Bush Hager has said on Today that her beloved grandfather “really is one of the most humble, wonderful men [I know].”
Bush had several health scares in the years leading up to his death. He was rushed to Houston Methodist Hospital in January 2017 after experiencing “shortness of breath” related to pneumonia, and spent time in the ICU after a spokesman said he underwent a procedure to protect and clear his airway.
“Your prayers and good wishes helped more than you know,” he said in a statement at the time, “and as I head home my only concern is that I will not be able to thank each of you for your kind words.”
Bush also suffered from a form of Parkinson’s disease and used a motorized wheelchair to get around.
We hope that he will be doing good with his beloved in heaven may his soul Rest in Peace
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