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George H W Bush, former US president, dead aged 94

George H W Bush, the US president who helped steer America through the end of the Cold War and triumphed with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, has died. He was 94..

Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Mr Bush died shortly after 10 pm on Friday at his Houston home. His passing comes about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush - his "most beloved woman in the world" - to whom he was married for 73 years.

His son, former president George W Bush, led the tributes to his father.

"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died," Mr Bush said in a statement.

"George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.

"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," the statement read.

The nation's 41st president, who lived longer than any of his predecessors, served from 1989 to 1993, and eight years later watched his son George W. become the 43rd president.

Another son tried to follow their footsteps into the White House but former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was unable to clinch the 2016 Republican nomination for president.

The elder Bush saw his popularity swell with the United States' success in the Gulf War in 1991, only to watch it fade quickly in a brief but deep recession that saw him defeated in his bid for a second term by Democrat Bill Clinton.

Mr 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.

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