March 4th, 2012
05:38 PM ET
3 years ago

Bush impersonator dies at 48

(CNN) – Steve Bridges, an actor best known for impersonating then-President George W. Bush at the 2006 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, died last week at the age of 48, his manager said Sunday.

Bridges' portrayal of Bush was replayed around the world following the 2006 event, which was most notable because the real president was standing right next to Bridges on stage.

According to Bridges' website, the actor also appeared as former President Bill Clinton and current President Barack Obama.

A statement from Bridges' manager said the actor returned from performing in Hong Kong and complained of feeling "super jetlagged."

"A message left for Mr. Bridges on Friday went unanswered," the statement said. "Bridges' maid discovered his body in his Los Angeles home Saturday morning, March 3, 2012. The exact cause of death is unknown at this time."


Filed under: George W. Bush
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  1. romeo

    i hate you G, but i love you :)

    March 4, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. Chris

    I posted something an hour ago and it's gone. I'm deeply saddened to learn that Steven Bridges has died. This is devastating news. He was a WONDERFUL entertainer!

    March 4, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  3. chris

    Sounds like he was bushwhacked.

    March 4, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  4. Bb

    I love George bush.

    March 4, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  5. johnnieg

    HE WAS GREAT!

    March 4, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  6. JimiJoni

    RIP Steve, at a time when the world needs more laughter, you will be sadly missed. JJ

    March 4, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  7. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is a shame to hear about the passing of someone. It is even sadder when there was someone who has made us laugh. I hope that his family and friends rejoice in the humor he brought us.

    March 4, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  8. MalcolmXcrement

    Blessed is he who spreads laughter in this world. Thank you, Steve, for making us laugh.
    God speed, brother.

    March 4, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  9. Suggesion

    Why he died so youg?

    March 4, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  10. hirolla74

    IMO I bet he had a pulmonary embolism that traveled from his legs and clogged into his lungs and killed him. So sad to hear the news.

    March 4, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  11. Thomas

    We still have the real George W. Bush to provide us with comedic relief from his stupidity.

    March 4, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  12. Name

    That's so sad

    March 4, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  13. Chuck

    Blood clot from his long plane trip.

    March 4, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  14. 100% ETHIO

    Impersonate dyes, means personage alive.
    Sorry Mr.President, you lost your Twins.

    March 4, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  15. Crist

    I liked the guy. He was a great actor. Have the Conspiracy Theorists come up with the cause of his death yet?

    March 4, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  16. Little Jimmy Truth

    Obama did it.

    March 4, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  17. Jorge UU Boosh

    GOD got fooled and took the wrong guy!

    March 4, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  18. Mandy

    It's Bush's fault.

    March 4, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  19. StupidWhinyLiberal

    I wonder if Mr. Bridges was ever invited to Bohemian Grove.

    March 4, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  20. tony

    Almost certainly another victim of Deep Vein Thrombosis caused by too low cabin pressure on the airliner, and no ability to raise one's legs in the ridiculous seats they provide for long distance travel.

    March 4, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  21. Terri

    I did a search on images of this guy and I do not see resemblance at all. Fair one with former President Clinton though.

    March 4, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  22. Kevin Joseph

    Well now that's what I call funny.

    March 4, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  23. Sad

    The guy had talent to be able to play so many different characters. He did a great impression of Bush.

    March 4, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  24. Squigman

    Rest in peace. Bet this is more recognition than you'll get from the family Bush.

    March 4, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  25. Dave

    Bush did it!

    March 4, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
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