Saturday Night Live Gives Touching Tribute to George H. W. Bush: He 'Understood the Power of Being Able to Laugh at Yourself'

Saturday Night Live paid tribute to former President George H.W. Bush, after he died on Friday aged 94.

On the show's "Weekend Update" segment, hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost sent their thoughts and condolences to the family of the late President and his friends.

"President Bush was famously a warm and gracious man who always understood the power of being able to laugh at yourself," Jost said.

SNL then broadcast clips of Dana Carvey, a former cast member, portraying Bush during his presidency and a clip of Bush replying to Carvey on the show.

"I'm watching you do your impression of me, and I've gotta say it's nothing like me," Bush said in the clip. "It's bad, it's bad."

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Former US President George H. W. Bush points to his wife Barbara Bush during an event in the East Room of the White House July 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama hosted former US President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush to honor the 5000th Daily Point of Light Award which is a program started in response to Bush's call for volunteerism. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Bush, who served as 41st president, died at 10 p.m. Friday, Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath announced. He was 94 years old. His wife, Barbara Bush, had died in April, aged 92.

George H. W. Bush will lie in state next week ahead of a day of national mourning announced to take place on December 5, according to the BBC.

George W. Bush issued a statement, stating his father was "a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for."

"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died," he said. "The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41's life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens."

The New York Times reported on Sunday that Bush's last words were an expression of love for his son and fellow former president.

As Bush sr.'s condition declined on Friday at his home in a gated community in Houston, Texas, he was placed on speakerphone with his son, who was at his home in Dallas.

Bush told him that he had been a "wonderful dad" and that he loved him.

"I love you, too," Bush told his son, according to the New York Times.

The words were Bush's last.

Bush's health had been declining for several days. He had not been able to get out of bed and had spent most of his time sleeping, Bush's friend and former secretary of state, James A. Baker, who also served as chief of staff for Bush's son, told the publication.