George H W Bush, the 41st President of the United States, died on Friday [ local Time] aged 94, New York Times reports
NBC News also confirmed that Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Bush died shortly after 10 pm Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush.
The nation’s 41st president served from 1989 to 1993, and eight years later watched his son George W. became the 43rd president.
The elder Bush saw his popularity swell with the United States’ success in the Gulf War in 1991, only to watch it evaporate in a brief but deep recession. The Republican was defeated in his bid for a second term by Democrat Bill Clinton.
Bush had also been a World War II hero, Texas congressman, CIA director, and Ronald Reagan’s vice president.
Only one other U.S. president, John Adams, had a son who also became president.
His son, former president George W Bush, paid tribute to him as a “man of highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for”