"Hearts Are Heavy": Obama, Donald Trump Pay Tributes To George HW Bush

Former President George H.W. Bush has died, according to a statement from his family.

His family announced his death late last night.

President Trump issued a statement early Saturday morning on the death of former President George H.W. Bush, remembering him as an "unflappable" leader and devoted family man.

As the last U.S. president to have served in World War II and the country's last Cold War leader, the end of Mr Bush's time in the White House marked the end of a political era.

Months into his presidency he was faced with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and he oversaw the removal of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega. Later, he sent troops to the Mideast to repel Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his attempted takeover of oil-rich Kuwait. His failed 1980 presidential ended in his tenure as Reagan's vice president.

George H.W. Bush enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday in 1942, right out of prep school. He was also awarded multiple military decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals.

Former US President Barack Obama says America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush.

He was also the director of Central Intelligence Agency under the extremely popular Ronald Reagan and was the chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Another son, Jeb - a former Florida governor - made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination in 2016.

Bush was hospitalized in January 2017 for pneumonia, at which time they had to insert a breathing tube. He is relaxing at his home in Kennebunkport on Tuesday, June 12, eight days after being released from the hospital where he was treated for low blood pressure.

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