Bush Impersonator Dead at 48

Impersonator of presidents dead at 48.

By Chris Roberts
|  Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012  |  Updated 2:27 PM PDT
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Bush Impersonator Dead at 48

A comedian with strong ties to the Bay Area who became internationally-known for a disturbingly-accurate impersonation of former President George W. Bush died suddenly on Saturday.

Steve Bridges, 48, was found dead in his home in Los Angeles on Saturday, according to reports. He had just returned from a trip to China, and was in "good health," according to friends and family.

"It was a shock to us," his older brother, Phillip Bridges, told the Contra Costa Times.  "He was tired... but he was doing great. He was in great health."

Bridges attended Berean Christian High School in Concord and lived in Clayton.

He became a regular on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" for his presidential impersonations. He also mimicked former President Bill Clinton, according to reports.

He met Bush in 2003 and appeared onstage with the president at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Association dinner. He also toured with Barbara Streisand that year.

He was found on his couch by his housekeeper on Saturday, who thought he was asleep. An autopsy is pending, but the family does not suspect foul play, the newspaper reported.

His family still lives in Clayton.

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