George H.W. Bush 'broken-hearted' but 'strong' after Barbara Bush's death

Former president George H.W. Bush is "broke-hearted" but also "stoic and strong" following the death of his wife, Barbara Pierce Bush, according to his chief of staff.

Jean Becker, chief of staff at the Office of George H.W. Bush, shared this update:

So many of you are asking, 'How is 41?'

He of course is broken-hearted to lose his beloved Barbara, his wife of 73 years. He held her hand all day today and was at her side when left this good earth.

Obviously, this is a very challenging time.

But it will not surprise you who know and love him, that he also is being stoic and strong, and is being lifted up by his large and supportive family. 

He is determined to be there for them as well.

He appreciated all of the well wishes and support.

Barbara Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018. She was 92 years old. She is survived by her husband of 73 years, former President George H.W. Bush, her brother Scott Pierce, five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, and seven great grand children.

The Bush family spokesperson announced on Sunday that after a series of recent hospitalizations, Mrs. Bush decided to not to seek additional medical treatment and would instead focus on comfort care.

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