Around 7:40 p.m. ET the cable news networks broke in to programming to report the death of Barbara Bush, wife of President George H.W. Bush, mother of President George W. Bush and grandmother of Today show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager.
Bret Baier voiced Fox News Channel’s obituary, Wolf Blitzer narratated CNN’s obi, and Peter Alexander voiced MSNBC’s.
At 7:49 p.m. Lester Holt anchored an NBC News Special report with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell.
FBN’s Maria Bartiromo has a previously-scheduled interview with George W. and Laura Bush tomorrow morning from Dallas. Bartiromo is moderating a panel at the Forum on Leadership event at the George W. Bush Presidential Center later tomorrow.
ABC Nightline anchor Byron Pitts anchored a special report on Barbara Bush last night at 7:50 p.m. ET.
Remembering her grace, wit & fighting spirit. Fmr First Lady Barbara Bush has died. Survived by husband of 73 yrs, President George HW Bush.
— David Muir (@DavidMuir) April 17, 2018
W’s statement: “… our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions.”
— Robert Costa (@costareports) April 18, 2018
BREAKING: Former First Lady Barbara Bush has passed away at 92, according to a Bush family spokesperson. pic.twitter.com/zemluFwIMV
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) April 17, 2018
Barbara Bush was a remarkable woman. She had grit & grace, brains & beauty. She was fierce & feisty in support of her family & friends, her country & her causes. She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like. Hillary and I mourn her passing and bless her memory.
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) April 17, 2018
Barbara Bush (1925-2018) and George Bush at their wedding, 1945: pic.twitter.com/VvooYcbTNj
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) April 17, 2018