Longest Living ex-President George H.W. Bush Dies At 94
The 41st U.S. President George HW Bush has died aged 94.
The family of the former U.S. President and World War Two veteran has confirmed George Bush senior died.
"George H. W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for," a statement from Bush's son and 43rd president George W. Bush said.
"The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens."
He was the father of the 43rd president, George W Bush, and husband of more than 70 years to Barbara Bush who died earlier this year.
The former U.S. President was admitted to hospital earlier this year for an infection a day after his wife's funeral.
Bush was the oldest living former president and served a single term in the Oval Office from 1989-1993.
He presided over the end of the Cold War but lost a run for his second term.
The son of a senator and father of a president, Bush was the man with the golden resume who rose through the political ranks: from congressman to UN ambassador, Republican Party chairman to envoy to China, CIA director to two-term vice president under the hugely popular Ronald Reagan.
The 1991 Gulf War stoked his popularity. But Bush would acknowledge that he had trouble articulating "the vision thing," and he was haunted by his decision to break a stern, solemn vow he made to voters: "Read my lips. No new taxes."
He lost his bid for re-election to Bill Clinton in a campaign in which businessman H. Ross Perot took almost 19 per cent of the vote as an independent candidate.
Tributes have begun pouring in for the 94-year-old.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison paid tribute to the former president describing his life as one of service, to his country and family.
"President Bush was the embodiment of the values of the United States, standing up for what was right and fighting throughout his life for freedom from tyranny and oppression in any guise," Morrison said.
"In fighting for these values so cherished by both our nations, he was a true friend to Australia and it was Australia’s honour to host him at the Australian Parliament in 1991."
Current U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump said the nation was grieving over the loss of the former president.
"Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service - to be, in his words, "a thousand points of light" illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world," Trump said in a statement.
"President Bush always found a way to set the bar higher."
"Along with his full life of service to country, we will remember President Bush for his devotion to family -- especially the love of his life, Barbara."
Former president Barack Obama paid tribute to Bush, describing him as a "patriot and humble servant."
"While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude," Obama tweeted.
"Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example."
With AAP. Featured Image: Getty