Senator John McCain dead at the age of 81
U.S Senator John McCain, a war hero that survived five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, passed away at age of 81 after a long battle with brain cancer.
McCain drew his last breath on Saturday, August 25, 2018, a little more than a year after he was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, a rare and aggressive brain cancer.
The news of his death was shared by his daughter, Meghan McCain, who took to her Twitter account to let her fans and followers know that her father had left this world.
"I was with my father at the end, as he was with me at my beginning. In the thirty-three years we shared together, he raised me, taught me, corrected me, comforted me, encouraged me and supported me in all things."
Meghan McCain, Twitter, August 25, 2018.
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Sen. John McCain, who has died at the age of 81, was a naval bomber pilot, prisoner of war, conservative maverick, giant of the Senate, twice-defeated presidential candidate and an abrasive American hero with a twinkle in his eye. https://t.co/DW0Y4mmnqE pic.twitter.com/6dIPbnbq4M— CNN (@CNN) August 26, 2018
Meghan went on to say that 'he was a great fire who burned bright' and that she and her brothers lived through 'his light and warmth' ever since they were born.
McCain's wife, Cindy, followed her daughter's example and took to social media to pay tribute to her late husband, whose death left her devastated.
"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 place he loved best."
Cindy McCain, Twitter, August 25, 2018
Born in 1936, McCain graduated from the Naval Academy in 1958, after which he went to Vietnam, where he was tortured and made to live in solitary confinement for most of the five years he spent there.
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I'm very proud that the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 is now law and I’m humbled that my colleagues in Congress chose to designate this bill in my name. Serving as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and working on behalf of America's brave service members has been one of the greatest honors of my life. There is no higher calling than to serve a cause greater than self-interest. Through the committee’s work, I’ve been privileged to support our men and women in uniform who have dedicated their lives to that noble cause.
The late 81-year-old, who decided to stop seeking medical attention on Friday, August 24, was left with injuries from those terrible days, including restricted arm movement.
McCain was elected to the House of Representatives in 1982 and ran for president twice: one in 2000, when he lost the nomination to George W. Bush, and 2008, when he lost the race to Barack Obama.