Published: Sun, August 26, 2018
Medical | By Vernon Walton

John McCain, senator and former presidential candidate, dies at 81

McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma back in July 2017. the same type of cancer that took the life of Senator Ted Kennedy back in 2009. He was 81 and had been battling brain cancer.

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

The decorated politician's family said they are "immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the past year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John's many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers".

"In the year since (his diagnosis), John has surpassed expectations for his survival", the family said Friday. "But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict".

"All that I am is thanks to him.

The days and years to come will not be the same without my dad - but they will be good days, filled with life and love, because of the example he lived for us". McCain later said he regretted picking Palin.

"I will always treasure the constant friendship he showed to the people of Israel and to me personally". "Now, we're going to do what we can, get the best doctors we can find, and do the best we can. Not even close. It will go on for many years to come".

During his cancer treatment, McCain kept tabs on Washington from his Arizona home, where old friends and colleagues, including former Vice President Joe Biden, visited to check up on McCain and provide support.

McCain's daughter Meghan shared her feelings on Twitter, as well.

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

Trump also posted about McCain's death on his Instagram page - in a fashion that drew near-immediate condemnation. The dramatic move shocked his fellow Republicans, who thought repeal was a done deal.

Tributes were also paid from the other side of the political spectrum. "And I've lost one of my dearest friends and mentor". We have become so accustomed to watching battered, beaten men carried out of the ring that we sometimes forget the simplest rule in boxing: You can stop the fight whenever you want.

"He is a war hero because he was captured", Trump said in 2015.

"When Mr. Trump attacks women and demeans the women in our nation and in our society, that is a point where I just have to part company", the senator said.

In a memoir published in May, McCain wrote that he hated to leave the world, but had no complaints. In 2014, he issued repeated warnings about a resurgent Russia under Putin after the Russian takeover of Crimea. A patriot who fought everyday for American freedom and dignity.

Calling him a 'warmonger, ' some users recalled McCain's rendezvous with Syrian militants and even accused him of conspiring "with Hillary and Obama to create ISIS". In 2000, McCain lost a GOP presidential primary to now-former President George W. Bush. He chooses a virtually unknown governor as his running mate: Alaska's Sarah Palin. In 2008, he won the Republican nomination, only to see his hopes dashed by the phenomenon that was Barack Obama and a crumbling U.S. economy.

All living former U.S. presidents lined up to praise McCain for his deep integrity.

As described by Booker, John Sidney McCain III was a major player in the political landscape of the state of Arizona.

McCain broke both arms and one leg after ejecting from the plane.

While holding him as a prisoner of war, the North Vietnamese tried to exploit the fact that his father was a prominent admiral at the time.

McCain walks inside the Hoa Lo prison, nicknamed "the Hanoi Hilton", in Vietnam, where McCain was kept as a prisoner of war from October 1967 until March 1973.

The future Republican presidential candidate spent more than five years there, enduring torture but refusing an expedited release on account of his background. He was soon placed in solitary confinement, where he would remain for the next two years.

He suffered, as the nation suffered, from the morass of Vietnam.

Some speculate that Cindy McCain could join their ranks.

He retired in 1981 as a captain, after receiving numerous decorations including the Silver Star, two Bronze Star medals, two Purple Hearts and a Prisoner of War commendation. The war veteran served as a congressman to the state's 1st District before he was later elected to represent the state in the Senate.

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