UPDATE: Barbara Bush dead at 92
HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday. She was 92.
Family spokesman Jim McGrath confirmed the death in a statement.
The cause wasn't immediately known.
Mrs. Bush brought a grandmotherly style to buttoned-down Washington, often appearing in her trademark fake pearl chokers and displaying no vanity about her white hair and wrinkles.
"What you see with me is what you get. I'm not running for president – George Bush is," she said at the 1988 Republican National Convention, where her husband, then vice president, was nominated to succeed Ronald Reagan.
MONDAY, APRIL 16
HOUSTON (AP) — Jenna Bush Hager says her grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush, is resting comfortably with family members at her side.
Hager’s comments to NBC’s “Today” show Monday come a day after the family announced the 92-year-old Bush has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and is instead focusing on “comfort care” at home in Houston.
Hager, who is an anchor on the show, told “Today” that her grandmother is a “fighter” and that “the world is better because she’s in it.”
She says Bush is in “great spirits.”
Bush, the wife of former President George H.W. Bush, has been treated for decades for Graves’ disease, a thyroid condition.
Several media reports say she also suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and has used an oxygen tank in recent years. She had heart surgery in 2009 for a severe narrowing of her main heart valve and was hospitalized a year before that for surgery on a perforated ulcer.