BREAKING: US Senator, John McCain Is Dead
US senator John McCain, a celebrated war hero known for reaching across the aisle in an increasingly divided America, died Saturday after losing a battle to brain cancer, his office said. He was 81.
“Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28pm on August 25, 2018. With the senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family,” his office said in a statement.
“At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 60 years.”
In July 2017, McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.
One year of treatment failed to prevent his condition from worsening and on August 24 his family announced that he had chosen to discontinue medical care.
“Sen McCain, thank you for your service,” read a sign near the driveway of his home in a rural part of Sedona, Arizona, television footage showed, as a police escort accompanied the hearse that was to carry his body and local residents came bearing flowers for the late political titan.
“My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years,” Cindy McCain wrote on Twitter. “He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best.”
After a long-standing rivalry and numerous public clashes between the pair, following the announcement of his death Donald Trump offered his “deepest sympathies and respect” to McCain’s family on Twitter.
Former President Barack Obama also issued a statement paying tribute to the 2008 Republican nominee.
He wrote: “Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did. But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own.
My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best.
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) August 26, 2018
My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018
OBAMA statement on McCain pic.twitter.com/1uIj7zGraG
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) August 26, 2018
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