Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, considered the architect of Germany's reunification, died Friday at the age of 87.
German media reported Kohl died at his home in Ludwigshafen.
Kohl led Germany from 1982 to 1998. In addition to bringing East and West Germany back together after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the former chancellor also played a significant role in the introduction of the euro.
"Working closely with my very good friend to help achieve a peaceful end to the Cold War and unification of Germany within NATO will remain one of the great jobs of my jobs," former President George H.W. Bush said in a statement on Kohl's death. "Throughout our endeavors, Helmut was a rock — both steady and strong. We mourn his loss today, even as we know his remarkable life will inspire future generations of leaders to dare and achieve greatly."
In 2011, former President Bill Clinton presented Kohl with the Henry A. Kissinger Prize and paid tribute to the former German chancellor, calling him the "most important European statesman since World War II."