George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, has passed away at the age of 94.
The elder Bush, whose son served as the 43rd president, had a long and distinguished career in government service. He served as an airman in the military, where he survived being shot down. After the war, he left his affluent New England roots for Texas, where he made his fortune in the oil business. Later called to government service - his father Prescott Bush served as U.S. Senator from Connecticut - he served as a US ambassador, the director of the CIA, vice president under Ronald Reagan, and finally president for a single term, which saw him holding office during the first Persian Gulf war.
In an obituary posted to CNN, Bush talked about his patriotism:
"I may not be the most eloquent, but I learned early that eloquence won't draw oil from the ground," Bush said in his 1988 convention speech.
"I may sometimes be a little awkward, but there's nothing self-conscious in my love of country. I am a quiet man -- but I hear the quiet people others don't," Bush said, vowing to fight for a "better America, for an endless enduring dream and a thousand points of light."
NBC News is doing a live stream of the president’s passing. We will have more as it develops.