George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States 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.
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 blood.
He 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.