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I suspect that Bush is in the advance stages of COPD. Doctors have explained to me that if we all lived to be 100 and didn't die from any other cause, COPD would end our lives. The elasticity of the tiny air sacs in the lungs naturally deteriorate as we age, making it harder to breath and over-working the heart to the point of congestive heart failure. When age compromises the lungs this much, any innocuous virus (cold, flu, etc) can overwhelm the lungs and lead to a fatal pneumonia. That's why pneumonia is referred to as "the old man's illness". Bush is 88 and, I believe, his old lungs just can't fight back this time.
I wish him the best. I may not have agreed with his politics, but because he was a WWII vet and was part of the Greatest Generation, he deserves respect.
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