Did broken heart syndrome hasten the death of former President George H.W. Bush following the death of his beloved wife? The nation watched as Bush mourned his partner of 73 years, Barbara, in April. The day after her burial, he was rushed to intensive care with sepsis. David Valdez, Bush's official White House photographer, told Inside Edition he believed the former president longed to join her in the afterlife. “I said, 'Wow, talk about a broken heart, it only took eight months,'” he said.