Former President George H.W. Bush has passed away at the age of 94. His son, former president George W. Bush, released a statement announcing his dad’s death.

“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died. George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. 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.”

While he battled illnesses this year, including being admitted for a blood infection one day after his wife Barbara’s funeral in April, he was the first former president to reach the age of 94.