Senator John McCain, the Vietnam war hero turned senator, and presidential candidate has died aged 81.
SENATOR JOHN McCAIN DIES AT 81:
American Senator John McCain, of Arizona, died on Saturday 25th August 2018 in Arizona surrounded by his family.
He was, however, diagnosed with a brain tumor in July 2017 and had been undergoing medical treatment.
His family announced on Friday that Mr. McCain, who left Washington in December, had decided to stop treatment.
JOHN McCAIN’S FAMILY REACT TO HIS DEATH:
His wife, Cindy, has tweeted her pains: “My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived with the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived and on his terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best.”
Mr. McCain’s daughter Meghan said the task of her life is “to live up to his example, his expectations, and his love.
The six-term senator for Arizona and 2008 Republican presidential nominee was diagnosed after doctors discovered his tumor during eye surgery last year July.
His family says his body will lie in state in Phoenix, Arizona, and in Washington DC prior to the funeral at the Washington National Cathedral and his burial in Annapolis, Maryland.
Following news of Mr. McCain’s death, well-wishers waved flags lined up the street as a hearse brought Mr. McCain’s body from his ranch near Cornville, Arizona, to a funeral home in Phoenix.
Former President George W Bush described Mr. McCain as “a patriot of the highest order,” adding: “He was a public servant, in the finest traditions of our country” Moreover, to me, he was a friend whom I’ll deeply miss.”
Sarah Palin, who was Mr. McCain’s running mate during his 2008 bid for president, said the world had lost “an American original,” sharing a picture of herself with the man she called her friend.
Tributes, however, began to pour as soon as the news of late Senator John McCain broke loss.