“Hearts Are Heavy”: Barack Obama, Others Pay Tribute To George HW Bush

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George HW Bush's passing comes just months after the death in April of his wife Barbara Bush. (AFP)

Former US president George HW Bush, who helped steer America through the end of the Cold War, died at age 94 late on Friday night.

"George HW Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for." his son, former president George W Bush, said.

He is survived by his five children and 17 grandchildren.

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Tributes starting pouring as the news of his death was announced by his family today.

Former US President Barack Obama says America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush.

America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara's example. pic.twitter.com/g9OUPu2pjY

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 1, 2018

One of his grandsons, George P Bush, says George HW Bush was the "greatest man I ever knew."

My grandfather was the greatest man I ever knew. His life spanned the American Century—he fought in World War II … took part in the Texas oil boom … served out a distinguished career in public service including serving as president during the final days of the Cold War. pic.twitter.com/6i68EPVC3j

— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) December 1, 2018

Populist FDR Democrat Brandon Presley says Former President Bush served America "with dignity both home and abroad."

Rest In Peace President George H. W. Bush. You served America with dignity both home and abroad. Throughout the world you projected honesty, integrity and a love of freedom.

— Brandon Presley (@BrandonPresley) December 1, 2018

"The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41's life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens," a statement from his family said.

US President Donald Trump releases a statement on Twitter saying President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service.

Statement from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush pic.twitter.com/qxPsp4Ggs7

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2018

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