US Senator John McCain dies from brain cancer aged 81

Ebony Scott
August 26, 2018

Last year, in his last act of defiance, McCain returned to the Capitol less than a week after his cancer was diagnosed to cast his vote on the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act - the biggest legislative achievement of President Barack Obama, the man who defeated him in the 2008 election.

A statement from McCain's office said he passed away late this afternoon in Arizona with his wife and family by his side.

But in his address to the US Studies Centre past year, Senator McCain did not shy away from conceding that Mr Trump was "unsettling" American allies, or that there is a debate underway in the United States about its role in the world, its resolution uncertain. However, just yesterday, the McCain family released a statement saying he was no longer going to seek treatment.

"My family is deeply appreciative of all the love and generosity you have shown us during this past year", said Meghan McCain, the senator's daughter. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he shared.

McCain spent more three decades representing Arizona in the United States Senate, and unsuccessfully ran two presidential campaigns - most notably falling to Barack Obama in 2008. He said "all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own. And for that, we are all in his debt".

A vanquished McCain shakes hands with Republican presidential nominee George W Bush at the conclusion of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, on August 3, 2000. Some voices are so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled.

Sarah Palin, who joined the McCain ticket as the potential vice president in the 2008 campaign, mourned her one-time running mate, calling him a friend, maverick and and an "American original".

Asked how he wanted to be remembered, McCain said: "That I made a major contribution to the defence of the nation".

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McCain's wife, Cindy, said in a tweet on Saturday that the McCain family was "overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from around the world" after Friday's announcement.

"I have had the most fortunate life of anybody you will ever talk to, and I have nothing but gratitude, gratitude and joy, because I've had the most fortunate life that anybody has ever had", he said. The Arizona senator and decorated war hero was 81. "I'm going to continue to serve as governor as long as the voters will let me", he said.

John McCain is greeted by President Richard Nixon 1973 after he spending more than five years in a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp. Some of the sternest members of the Senate hugged him, tears in their eyes.

"I have only encountered a few true heroes in my life, but John McCain was one of them". "In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival".

"America and Freedom have lost one of her greatest champions.And I've lost one of my dearest friends and mentor", Graham wrote. "He will be missed".

After Vietnam, he served in the nation's capital as a naval liaison to the U.S. Senate, a body in which he would later become a fixture. "John McCain was one of them", Schumer said.

President Trump has never retracted his 2015 comments about John McCain, and as reported by many, including the New York Post, was disinvited from McCain's funeral by the senator prior to his death.

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