George H. W. Bush was a World War II veteran (image courtesy Getty)

Former U.S. president George Herbert Walker Bush has died at the age of 94, his family announced in a statement on Friday.

The World War II veteran was elected the 41st President of the United States and fathered the nation’s 43rd president George Walker Bush.

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He pursued policies that helped topple the Soviet empire and initiated military campaigns that ousted one foreign dictator and crippled another.

Bush lived longer than any other U.S. president, and presided over the demise of the Cold War.

According to his family, Bush’s life was “a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling.”

The cause of Bush’s death was not immediately made known.

But at various times during the last several years, he fell ill and was hospitalised. Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital for a blood infection a day after the funeral of his wife, Barbara, who died on 17 April at age 92.