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Former US president George HW Bush passed away at 22:10 local time on Friday (04:10 GMT Saturday Dec 1), a family spokesperson said.

He served as the 41st US president between 1989 and 1993, his term defined by the end of the Cold War and the first Iraq war against Saddam Hussein.

Bush’s health had been failing in recent years but he still managed to make public appearances.

With the end of communism, Bush declared at his inauguration: “A new breeze is blowing, and a world refreshed by freedom seems reborn.”

Bush was instrumental in building the international military coalition that forced Iraq’s Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.

He became president after serving two terms as vice-president to Ronald Reagan – the first since 1836 to be elected from there into the top job.

But despite achieving popularity ratings of 90%, Bush was accused of neglecting domestic affairs and was defeated by Bill Clinton in the 1992 election.

His famous 1988 campaign promise – “Read my lips. No new taxes” – came back to haunt him when he felt compelled to reverse policy.

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 honorable 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.

(With BBC Inputs)

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