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Barbara Bush dies at 92 after battle with serious health issues

Posted at 4:43 PM, Apr 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-17 23:18:15-04

Former first lady Barbara Bush has passed away at 92, according to a spokesperson for the family.

Bush has battled with congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and Graves’ disease over the last several years.

After a recent trip to the hospital, Bush chose to decline additional medical care and decided to spend her final days at her home in Houston with family. She passed away Tuesday, a family spokesperson said.

A family spokesman did not elaborate on whether there were other health problems that lead to her death.

George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush had been married for 73 years.

Paradise Valley resident Dan Quayle served as Vice President during George H.W. Bush's presidency and released the following statement:

“With the passing of Barbara Bush, our country has lost one of its most beloved and gracious citizens.  I always enjoyed being with Barbara and hearing her opinions, which she was never reluctant to share.  She was a wise and thoughtful woman, and Marilyn and I will miss her.  Our hearts are full of sympathy and love for our dear friend President Bush in this sad hour.” 

Bush was the only living wife of one former President and the mother of another former President.