US Senator John McCain dies age 82 after battle with brain cancer © Getty Images North America / AFP (file photo) | Senator John McCain, who served in the US Congress for more than 30 years, passed away on Sunday, August 25 2018 after a battle with cancer.
The senior Republican Senator from Arizona and former Republican nominee for US President in the 2008 election, John Sidney McCain III died Sunday after battling brain cancer for more than a year.
suffered from glioblastoma, a rare and particularly aggressive form of. It was announced on Friday that he had decided to for his condition.
McCain was surrounded by his wife Cindy and his family in Arizona during his final hours.
“He was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth,” said Meghan McCain, one of the late senator‘s seven children.
The six-term senator was born on August 29, 1936, in Panama – a US protectorate at the time. He attended the United States Naval Academy from 1954 until 1958, training as a pilot.
During the Vietnam War, McCain’s plane was shot down over Hanoi while on a bombing mission, and he was held as a prisoner of war by the North Vietnamese for more than five-and-a-half years, until 1973.
Both his arms and a leg were broken in the incident. When offered a chance at early release, McCain refused to be repatriated before other American detainees who had been held longer than he, out of respect for the POW code of conduct.
His injuries sustained during the war left him with lifelong disabilities, and he returned from the Navy in 1981, moving to Arizona. Soon after entering politics in 1982, McCain was elected to the US House of Representatives, where he served two terms before setting his sights on the US Senate, which he joined in 1987 and to which he won easy re-election five times (most recently in 2016).
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McCain ran for president for the first time in 2000, running an insurgent campaign against then Texas governor George W. Bush for the Republican nomination. He ended his candidacy, however, after suffering two major defeats in the primaries.
In 2008, he made a second attempt at the White House, this time as his party’s nominee. He ultimately lost to, then a junior Democratic senator from Illinois.
“We are all in his debt,” Obama said in tribute to McCain Sunday.
“We shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher – the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched and sacrificed.”
Over the course of his career, McCain earned a reputation as a maverick who put his country before politics.
A powerful Republican voice, McCain was also known as a politician who was unafraid to vote on principle instead of along party lines. In 2017, shortly after his brain cancer diagnosis, McCain returned to Washington DC, where he cast a crucial vote against a Republican-led effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act – one of Obama’s signature policy achievements.
The senior senator from Arizona was also a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, warning against the president’s apparent admiration for his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and other autocratic leaders in his recent book, “The Restless Wave”.
Trump, who in the past has mocked McCain‘s war record, said he sent his “deepest sympathies and respect”.
McCain is survived by his wife, Cindy McCain, and his seven children: John, Andy and Sidney McCain, from his first marriage to Carol McCain; as well as Meghan, Jack, Jimmy and Bridget McCain from his second marriage.
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