Former U.S. presidential candidate Ross Perot dies aged 89

Ross Perot, a U.S. presidential aspirant who mounted two unsuccessful third-party campaigns in the 1990s, died on Tuesday aged 89, his family confirmed.

Fullwe said Perot passed on after a five-month battle with leukemia.

“Ross Perot, the ground-breaking businessman and loving husband, brother, father and grandfather, passed away early Tuesday at his home in Dallas, surrounded by his devoted family,” the Perot family said in a statement.

Perot was best known for running in the 1992 campaign, in which he obtained almost 19 percent of the vote. Democrat Bill Clinton won the three-way race.

He ran again in 1996 after forming the Reform Party. The second bid was far less successful, as he only managed to garner 8 percent of the vote.

Perot built his fortune by founding Electronic Data Systems in 1962, and Perot Systems in 1988.

Family spokesperson James Fuller hailed Perot as a man who touched many Americans’ lives.

“In business and in life, Ross was a man of integrity and action. A true American patriot and a man of rare vision, principle and deep compassion, he touched the lives of countless people through his unwavering support of the military and veterans and through his charitable endeavors,” Fuller said in a statement. “Ross Perot will be deeply missed by all who loved him. He lived a long and honorable life.”