Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

news

MLB News

Astros offer condolences to Bush family

Special to MLB.com

SEATTLE -- The Astros lost one of their highest-profile fans Tuesday when former First Lady Barbara Bush, 92, died at her home in Houston.

Mrs. Bush was the wife of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, and the mother of George W. Bush, the 43rd President.

SEATTLE -- The Astros lost one of their highest-profile fans Tuesday when former First Lady Barbara Bush, 92, died at her home in Houston.

Mrs. Bush was the wife of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, and the mother of George W. Bush, the 43rd President.

A statement released Sunday through her husband's office said Mrs. Bush was in failing health and had "decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care."

The Astros reacted to the news of Mrs. Bush's death by issuing a statement from Reid Ryan, their president of business operations:

"Today is a very sad day for our city and for our entire nation. As First Lady, Mrs. Bush epitomized grace, dignity and strength. As a humanitarian, she impacted the lives of so many young people through the work of her Foundation for literacy and more.

"As Houstonians and frequent visitors to Minute Maid Park to watch their beloved Astros, we had the great privilege of getting to know Mrs. Bush and President Bush personally. While at the ballpark, both always greeted everyone from the ticket-takers to the ushers with a warm, friendly smile.

"On behalf of the Houston Astros, I send my heartfelt condolences to the entire Bush family and to Mrs. Bush's many friends and admirers."

Bob Dutton is a contributor to MLB.com based in Seattle.

Houston Astros