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Sen. John McCain dies of brain cancer

Published on Saturday, August 25, 2018

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Senator John McCain died Saturday after battling brain cancer. He was 81.
 

Senator John McCain died Saturday after battling brain cancer. He was 81.

 

Senator John McCain died Saturday after battling brain cancer. He was 81.

McCain was with his wife Cindy and their family when he passed in the afternoon, a family statement said.

After his diagnosis in July of 2017, McCain continued serving as a senator for Arizona. It was announced on Friday that after battling brain cancer for more than a year, McCain would be ending medical treatment.

McCain was a naval bomber pilot, prisoner of war, conservative maverick, giant of the Senate, twice-defeated presidential candidate and an abrasive American hero with a twinkle in his eye.

McCain, a Republican, won an Arizona House seat in 1982. In 1986, he would go on to win an Arizona Senate seat. In 2000, McCain ran for president, but lost the nomination to George W. Bush. In 2008, he ran again, winning the nomination but eventually losing the general election to Barack Obama.

In a memoir published in May, McCain wrote that he hated to leave the world, but had no complaints. 

"It's been quite a ride. I've known great passions, seen amazing wonders, fought in a war, and helped make peace," McCain wrote. "I've lived very well and I've been deprived of all comforts. I've been as lonely as a person can be and I've enjoyed the company of heroes. I've suffered the deepest despair and experienced the highest exultation.

"I made a small place for myself in the story of America and the history of my times."

He is survived by his wife Cindy and his children Meghan, Jack, Jimmy, Bridget, Doug, Andy and Sidney.

 

 

 

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