Former President George HW Bush died just after 10pm on Friday, at the age of 94. That’s about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush.
The nation's 41st president served from 1989 to 1993.
According to a family spokesperson, the last four words George HW Bush spoke were to son George W. Bush. Younger George told him that he had been a “wonderful dad”. George Sr. said his final words: "I love you, too.” Their final talk took place on the phone. George was put on speakerphone with his dad in Houston to say goodbye.
Over his last few days, George was spending most of his time in bed, asleep, and not eating. His inner circle knew he was fading.They asked him if he wanted to go to the hospital, but he said no. Bush said that he was ready to go and be with Barbara, his wife of 73 years, and their late daughter Robin, who died of leukemia as a child.
Bush Sr. will arrive in Washington today and lie in state at the Rotunda until his services on Wednesday. After that, his body will be flown back to Texas for burial next to Barbara at his presidential library in College Station.
Former President George H.W. Bush’s service dog Sully will accompany Bush to Washington, and then Sully will go on to a new mission of assisting wounded warriors.
Sully H.W. Bush was named for Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the former pilot who successfully landed a damaged plane in the Hudson River. He came to live with the aging former president in June after former first lady Barbara Bush passed away.
Sully was trained to answer the phone or get anything Bush might require.
After spending the holidays in New York with America’s VetDogs, Sully’s next mission is already planned. He is set to join the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Facility Dog Program.
Sources: CBS, CNBC, Daily Caller, Twitter