Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston after falling ill, his chief of staff told local media on early Wednesday morning. The former leader is reported to be in a stable condition.
Jean Becker, the former president’s chief of staff, told reporters that Bush was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital after falling ill, but she declined to provide specific details about his illness, saying only that doctors have a couple of theories about his condition.
“He’s there. He’s fine and he’s doing really well,” Becker told the Houston Chronicle. She described Bush’s condition as stable but said the former president will likely remain in hospital for at least a few days.
Other details were not immediately released and Bush’s spokesman could not be reached for comment.
Bush, who was in office from January 1989 until January 1993, is the oldest living former American president. He also served two terms as vice president in Ronald Reagan’s administration from 1981 until 1989, and he is further the father of former President George W. Bush, who was in office from 2001 until 2009.
Bush has been dealing with a number of health issues over the years, including a form of Parkinson’s disease that has forced him to use a wheelchair. He was most recently hospitalized in July 2015 after he fell at his home in Maine, causing a fractured vertebrae.
As a result of his frail health, Bush will be the only former president to miss Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. The decision to skip the inauguration was made prior to Bush’s hospitalization.
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