Former US President George H.W. Bush has died at the age of 94.
Bush, the 41st president of the United States, lived longer than any of his predecessors.
His death was announced in a statement issued by longtime spokesman Jim McGrath.
He was US president from 1988 to 1993, and visited Australia in 1991 when Bob Hawke was prime minister.
His son George W Bush was president from 2001 to 2009, and another son Jeb was Florida governor.
He passed away at 10:10 pm this evening.
Bush had been suffering from vascular Parkinsonism, a stroke-related illness similar to Parkinson’s disease.
His wife Barbara, 73, passed away in April this year.
George W. Bush, the son of the elder Bush, said in a statement that his father was “a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.”
George H.W. Bush was a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term.
The World War II hero, who also presided during the collapse of the Soviet Union and the final months of the Cold War, died late on Friday night, said family spokesman Jim McGrath.
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.
Still, he lived to see his son, George W., twice elected to the presidency – only the second father-and-son chief executives, following John Adams and John Quincy Adams.