The US national flag was raised to half-staff at the White House in Washington DC on Saturday, in honour of the late former US President George HW Bush.

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, passed away at the age of 94 at his home in Houston, Texas on Saturday, following a steady decline in his health.

He is survived by his sons George, Jeb, Neil and Marvin, as well as his daughter Dorothy.

Bush's death was preceded by his late wife Barbara's seven months prior.

Born in Milton, Massachusetts on June 12, 1924, Bush spent much of his formative years between his birth state and Connecticut before enlisting in the US Navy six months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941.

He progressed rapidly through the ranks before becoming the US Navy's youngest aviator at the time.

Following the Second World War, Bush enrolled at Yale and then moved to Texas to enter the oil business after graduating.

Bush later entered politics, losing his first election for the US Senate in 1964, but eventually winning a seat in the House of Representatives in 1966.

By 1971, the then-president Richard Nixon had appointed Bush as the United States' UN Ambassador before he left the role to become Republican National Committee Chairman two years later.

Future president Ronald Reagan defeated Bush in the Republican primaries in 1980 but chose him as running mate in the winning ticket, giving him the position of Vice President for two terms.

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