U.S. Senator John McCain Dies at 81

U.S. Senator John McCain Dies at 81

U.S. Senator John McCain Dies at 81

Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, also claimed the life of former senator Ted Kennedy.

His office released a brief statement at 5:17 p.m.

McCain spent the a year ago undergoing cancer treatment, but his family said Friday that he would discontinue that treatment. In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. "But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict".

He had recently announced his decision to discontinue treatment. Amid an endless outpouring of sympathies for the McCain family, some chose to challenge the massive praise McCain received posthumously. "No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant", McCain said after the summit.

"We dispirited our base and we let spending get completely out of control".

McCain returned to Vietnam a number of times, and has even visited the Hanoi Hilton.

Kyl noted that whoever is appointed to fill McCain's seat will have big shoes to fill, especially when it comes to national security and global relations.

He was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center in December after experiencing side effects from his therapy.

Former Vice President Joe Biden wrote, "John McCain was many things - a proud graduate of the Naval Academy, a Senate colleague, a political opponent".

His wife, Cindy McCain, said, "My heart is broken".

"My father is gone, and I miss him as only an adoring daughter can", McCain concluded.

Known as a "maverick" by some, the senator was often at odds with his own party.

In July a year ago, just after his diagnosis, he took part in a late-night Senate session and gave the deciding vote - with a thumbs-down gesture - against partially repealing the contentious Obamacare healthcare law. The dramatic move shocked his fellow Republicans, who thought repeal was a done deal. Simply managing to stand uncomfortably close to Poehler without breaking for the entire length of this sketch would be a victory for most hosts, but McCain drove the jokey melodrama home with his creepy grin and weaselly line-readings.

All living former United States presidents lined up to praise McCain's deep integrity. "Even in times of political turmoil such as these, we share that awesome heritage and the responsibility to embrace it".

Mr Trump and Mr McCain were at odds until the end.

McCain found Putin's growing influence on the world stage particularly worrisome.

"He will be remembered as an American hero but he was surrounded by disloyal people who didn't serve him well".

In Europe, some condolences also hinted at McCain's role as a vocal critic of the current administration. However, he lost the general election to former President Barack Obama. McCain later said he regretted picking Palin.

But in one last display of bipartisanship, McCain selected both Obama and George W Bush to read eulogies at his service.

Two months after winning the Republican party nomination for president, the 72-year-old Senator addressed the nation from Rockefeller Center. "The State of Israel salutes John McCain". After landing in the lake, North Vietnamese beat him and took him to a prison.

Eventually, he recovered from injuries and infection, only to spend two years in solitary confinement, where he used codes to communicate with other prisoners. He was not released until March of 1973.

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.

During a 1967 bombing run over Hanoi, McCain's plane was shot down, almost killing him.

He was elected to the Senate seat in 1986 and began serving in 1987, after weathering the so-called "Keating Five" scandal involving Charles Keating Jr. and his failed savings and loan.

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