Former President George H.W. Bush has died at the age of 94. Central Intelligence Agency director (1976-77). Vice president (1981-89) and president (1989-93).
Bush came to know war firsthand, leaving school at 18 to become the Navy's youngest pilot in World War Two.
Former prime minister Tony Blair said: "President Bush was an extraordinary and exemplary public servant, a man dedicated to his country, the values it stands for at its best and to making the world better, more stable and more peaceful".
Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all USA and state flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff immediately in honor and remembrance of George H.W. Bush.
"The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41's life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens".
"At each stage of his remarkable career, the president worked side by side with his friends, colleagues and counterparts in the United Kingdom", she said. The vote went ahead and the United States lost narrowly, paving the way to the entry of People's Republic of China to the China after being kept away for 22 years.
A defining moment of Bush's single term in office was spearheading the military intervention against Iraq's invasion of the small, oil-rich nation of Kuwait in 1991.
John Major, British Prime Minister from 1990-1997 said Bush "saw America's obligation to the world and honored it".
Despite his popularity after the Gulf War, a faltering economy and a growing budget deficit eventually weakened his presidency and in 1992 Bush was defeated by Bill Clinton.
The Trumps say that Bush "inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service". As President Ronald Reagan's vice president, he faced criticism for the administration's inaction during the height of the epidemic, and for not doing more to fight the crisis during his own presidency.
The last Soviet leader praised Bush senior for his contribution "to this historic achievement".
The White House announced Saturday that a state funeral for the former president would be held at Washington's National Cathedral.
Indeed, the world envisioned by the 41st president threatens to fray under the challenge of a president whose brash, bombastic style is the polar opposite to that of the dignified, patrician Bush, and whose attention is focused on America first.