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George H.W. Bush, Age 90, Taken to Hospital After Experiencing Shortness of Breath

Former President George H.W. Bush talks with Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at Bush's office on March 29, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Credit: Getty Images)

Former President George H.W. Bush was taken to the hospital by ambulance Tuesday evening after experiencing a shortness of breath, his office said in a statement.

The former president, age 90, will be held for observation at Houston Methodist Hospital as a precaution, the statement added.

Bush spent nearly two months in the same hospital and was discharged in January 2013 after treatment for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues.

Bush, who can no longer use his legs, most recently appeared seated in a wheelchair at an event in November at Texas A&M University with his son, former President George W. Bush.

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 29:   Former President George H.W. Bush talks with Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at Bush's office on March 29, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Mitt Romney received an endorsement from Former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush during the meeting. Credit: Getty Images FILE: Former President George H.W. Bush talks with Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at Bush's office on March 29, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Getty Images)

In June, the elder Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by making a tandem parachute jump near his summer home in Maine.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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