John McCain was a US Senator and a former war prisoner and veteran. He was also a one-time presidential candidate. He has died at the age of 81 after battling with brain cancer.
The Arizona senator had been battling with an aggressive brain cancer since July of last year, alongside some other health problems for which he had surgery earlier in 2018. Last Friday, his family released a statement that he had decided to discontinue the treatment for his cancer.
Last night, his office released a statement that said: “Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 pm on 25 August 2018. With the senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.”
The senator will lie in his estate in Phoenix, Arizona and in the US Capitol Rotunda that is located in Washington, D.C. prior to his burial in Annapolis, Maryland. He is also set to receive a full dress funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral.
His family said that Barack Obama and George W. Bush, former Presidents of the United States, and Joe Biden, the former vice president, are assumed to give eulogies during the service. Mike Pence, the current vice president, is also set to represent the current administration.
Cindy McCain, his widow, posted a tweet saying: “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.”
A message of support to the family of the former US Senator was also sent by the Obama and the former first lady Michelle Obama saying: “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. At John’s best, he showed us what that means. And for that, we are all in his debt. Michelle and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family.”
The former senator served as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam war. He spent more than five years imprisoned under Vietnamese rule after his plane was shot down.
While he usually took a controversial line in terms of politics, McCain was also known for his “maverick” nature and unwillingness to toe Republican party lines. He was known for opposing abortion and supporting the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
He ran his first presidential campaign way back in 2000, however, he only succeeded in securing the Republican nomination in 2008 during the election against President Barack Obama.
McCain was also known as a strong critic of Donald Trump, the current US President, most recently because of Trump’s ongoing relationship with Vladimir Putin, the Russian President.
President Trump tweeted: “My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!”