Washington: Former US president George HW Bush, who helped steer America through the end of the Cold War,  is dead, his family announced late Friday. He was 94. His demise comes about eight months after the death of Barbara Bush, his wife. The 41st President of the United States of America passed away this evening at 10:10 PM CT, family spokesman Jim McGrath informed on Twitter.

“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” his son, former president George W Bush, said in a statement released on Twitter by a family spokesman.

“George HW Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. 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,” the statement read.

Barack Obama, former president of the United States of America, also released a statement on the death of senior 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,” his statement read.

George HW Bush is survived by five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and two siblings. Announcement on the funeral arrangement will be made soon, the family spokesman said.

He was born on June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts into a wealthy New England political dynasty — the son of Prescott Bush, a successful banker and US senator for Connecticut.

Bush had a pampered upbringing and attended the prestigious Phillips Academy in Andover, but delayed his acceptance to Yale in order to enlist in the US Navy on his 18th birthday and head off to war. He flew 58 combat missions during World War II. Shot down over the Pacific by Japanese anti-aircraft fire, he parachuted out and was rescued by a submarine after huddling in a life raft for four hours while enemy forces circled.

Bush married Barbara Pierce in January 1945, shortly before the war ended, and the couple went on to have six children, including one, Robin, who died as a child.