According to a statement from the office of former president George H.W. Bush, he has been admitted to the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital due to an “acute respiratory problem” stemming from pneumonia.
Doctors reportedly performed a procedure to clear his airway.
President Bush is currently stable, according to the statement.
His wife, Barbara Bush was also admitted this morning after experiencing “fatigue and coughing.”
Bush, who served a single term as President from 1989 to 1993, was already not expected to attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump in Washington on Friday due to health concerns.
Bush sent a letter to the President-elect on January 10, apologizing for missing the ceremony and saying that he and Barbara “wish you the very best as you begin this incredible journey of leading our great country.”
“My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under. Same for Barbara,” Bush wrote, in a letter first reported by ABC News. “So I guess we’re stuck in Texas.”
Several bouts with illness have kept the 92-year-old out of the spotlight in recent years and he has rarely made public remarks.