Former President Barack Obama and his family released a statement celebrating George H. W. Bush's life following his passing Friday. 

According to The Washington Post, the 41st president died of undisclosed causes Friday, November 30. He was 94.

Obama praised the one-term Commander-in-Chief for his decades of public service as a senator, vice president to former President Ronald Reagan, CIA director and more. Bush oversaw the end of the Cold War and victory in the first Gulf War. 


"While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Not merely for the years, he spent as our forty-first President, but for the more than 70 years he spent in devoted service to the country he loved – from a decorated Naval aviator who nearly gave his life in World War II, to Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces, with plenty of posts along the way. Ambassador to the United Nations. Director of Central Intelligence. U.S. Envoy to China. Vice President of the United States," Obama said.

For 73 years, he was married to late wife Barbara Bush before her passing in April of this year. Together, they forged one of the most famous political dynasties in American history. Sons George W. Bush and Jeb Bush had long careers in politics. George W. became the 43rd president, and Jeb served as governor of Florida. 

"What a testament to the qualities that make this country great. Service to others. Commitment to leaving behind something better. Sacrifice in the name of lifting this country closer to its founding ideals. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example."

Bush was the last World War II veteran to serve as president. 

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