George Herbert Walker Bush took the oath of office as the United States' 41st president on January 20, 1989, and was the oldest living former commander in chief.
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush speaks at the World Leadership Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates November 21, 2006.
In the wake of former President George H.W. Bush's death, many people reached out to express their condolences.
Funeral arrangements of the veteran Republican leader will be announced soon, media reports said.
Prior to serving as President, Mr Bush served as Vice President for Republican heavyweight Ronald Reagan.
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Despite achieving popularity ratings of 90%, Bush was accused of neglecting domestic affairs and was defeated by Bill Clinton in the 1992 election.
His presidency coincided with a period of world upheaval that saw the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the start of America's post-Cold War conflicts.
From former presidents to Bush's family, support poured in from across the world.
George H.W. Bush, right, is about to pin a lieutenant bar on his son, George W. Bush.
News of his death last night was confirmed by his son, George W Bush, in a statement. The couple was married for 73 years. In 2011, Obama awarded Bush the highest USA civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.
Four years later, however, Bush lost the presidency to Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, although the two later became friends, occasionally dispatched by subsequent USA presidents to oversee assistance efforts after natural disasters.