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Bush served as president from 1989 to 1993, the end of a life in public service that spanned four decades. He also battled Parkinson's disease and was hospitalized in the past year for a blood infection, low blood pressure and fatigue. Bill Clinton would defeat Bush after his first term in 1992. His son, former president George W. Bush, released a statement announcing his dad's death.

As news of the statesman's death broke, the Obamas issued a statement, saying: "America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush".

Before that, he served as vice president under Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989. The two had been married for 73 years. In 1943, he was the youngest pilot in the Navy.

The World War II hero died late Friday night local time.

Since exiting the highest office, his love of life and family was never more visible.

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He Graduated in 1948 with a degree in economics (Yale University).

He was a World War Two aviator and Texan oil tycoon before entering politics in 1964 as a Republican.

Mr Bush was the president who led the USA at the end of the Cold War.

Thousands of U.S. troops were sent into Panama and the country's leader, Manuel Noriega, was arrested on drug trafficking charges and extradited to the United States to face trial.

In August 1990 he responded to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, creating a national coalition led by the United States that liberated the oil-rich yet tiny nation but stopped short of toppling the Iraqi dictator. Bush formed a coalition of nations, including the Soviet Union, to denounce Hussein's actions and liberate Kuwait in "Operation Desert Shield" and eventually "Operation Desert Storm".