Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday evening at age 92.
Her death at home in Houston was announced by family spokesman Jim McGrath in a statement posed on Twitter, The New York Times reported.
She was married to former President George Bush and the mother of former president George W. Bush, making her only the second woman to have a husband and son serve as U.S. president. The first was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.
A statement issued Sunday by the office of her husband said that after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush had “decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care,” The Times reported.
Mrs. Bush was hospitalized with pneumonia in December 2013, underwent surgery for a perforated ulcer in 2008, and had heart surgery four months later.
In January, the Bushes marked their 73rd wedding anniversary, making them the longest-married couple in presidential history, The Times reported.
Mrs. Bush championed causes such as literacy and civil rights. It was rumored that she supported abortion rights but she would not reveal her opinion about her husband’s anti-abortion position.
In a 1994 memoir, Mrs. Bush said she suffered from depression in 1976 after she and her husband had returned from his two-year posting in China, The Times reported.
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