Barbara Bush the former US first lady and literacy campaigner has died at the age of 92.
She was the matriarchal figure of a political dynasty that included two presidents-her husband George HW Bush and son George W Bush.
Mrs Bush who was first lady from 1989 to 1993, had been in failing health for some time and had declined further medical treatment.
Tributes to her poured in from across the US political establishment. Her husband at 93 is the longest-lived US president. Their son, George was elected in 2000 and served two terms as the nation’s 43rd president.
He said in a statement:My dear mother has passed on at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous ‘First Lady’ and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions.