Former US President George HW Bush has died at the age of 94, his son George W Bush has announced.

George Bush Sr, as he was known, passed away at 22:10 local time on Friday (04:10 GMT Saturday), a family spokesperson said.

He was president between 1989 and 1993 after serving two terms as vice-president to Ronald Reagan.

In April, he was admitted to hospital with a blood infection but had since been discharged.

Bush, the 41st president, died seven months after his wife, Barbara.

Tributes have poured in for the former republican – current US President Donald Trump praised his “essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family and country.”

Bush entered politics in 1964 after starting a Texan oil business and becoming a millionaire by the age of 40.

During World War Two, he was an aviator before being shot down by the Japanese in September 1944 while on a bombing raid.

Following his honourable discharge from the navy in 1945, Bush married then 18-year-old Barbara Pierce. Their marriage would last 73 years and they would have six children together.

He is survived by five of his children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two siblings.

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