Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized for shortness of breath
Former United States President George H. W. Bush is brought into the auditorium where his son Former United States President George W. Bush speaks about his new book titled "41: A Portrait of My Father" at the George Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Texas on Nov. 11, 2014. REUTERS/Bob Daemmrich/Pool

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, 90, was hospitalized in Houston, Texas, late on Tuesday after experiencing shortness of breath, a spokesman for the 41st commander-in-chief said in a statement.

Bush was taken by ambulance to the Houston Methodist Hospital as a precaution, and "will be held for observation, again as a precaution," the spokesman said.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Writing by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Robert Birsel)