Former President George H.W. Bush falls, breaks a neck bone

Former President George H.W. Bush fell and broke a bone in his neck Wednesday, but "he is fine," according to his spokesman.

Bush, who turned 91 last month, took a spill at his home in Kennebunkport, Maine, longtime spokesman Jim McGrath said on Twitter.

"His condition is stable -- he is fine -- but he'll be in a neck brace," McGrath said.

McGrath did not immediately respond to emails asking whether the nation's 41st president was hospitalized or had returned home.

Bush, the nation's oldest living former president, is the father of former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Last week, he and his wife, Barbara, hosted an event for top donors to son Jeb's presidential campaign. 

Bush has been hospitalized at least twice in recent years. 

In December, he stayed in a Houston hospital for nearly a week after experiencing shortness of breath.

In November 2012, Bush went to the hospital with a persistent cough. He developed a fever and stayed for nearly two months.

Former President Jimmy Carter, 90, cut short a trip to Guyana in May after feeling unwell. 

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8:07 p.m.: The story was updated to add that Bush co-hosted an event last week. 

7:51 p.m.: The story was updated with background information about former President Carter.

7:46 p.m.: The story was updated with additional background information about former President George H.W. Bush.

The first version of this story was published at 7:38 p.m.

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