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John McCain, dies at the age of 81
Senator John McCain, has died after a battle with brain cancer. Here’s a look back at the life and times of the Arizona Republican senator who was also known as a “Maverick”.’
Arizona sen. John McCain, the war hero who survived five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, served three decades in Congress and was died to be the Republican party candidate for President in 2008, on Saturday. He was 81 years old.
In his final hours, McCain further treatment refused, his family announced in a statement.
McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2017. Doctors discovered the tumor during a medical procedure to remove a blood clot from his left eye. He remained optimistic, after the diagnosis, flying back to Washington to take days after surgery with a large scar visible above his right eye the health care debate in the Senate.
“I am very grateful for the wave of support – unfortunately, my sparring-ner in Congress, I’ll be back soon, so stand-by!” McCain tweeted on may 20. July after his diagnosis.
John McCain, accompanied you to the airport in Hanoi on March 14, 1973, after he was released from prison
(AP Photo/ Horst Faas)
On Friday, his family issued a statement saying,“Last summer, Senator John McCain, he was, together with the Americans, the message, the knew our family already diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious. In the year since, John has exceeded expectations for its survival. But the progress of the disease and the inexorable progress of age, give your judgment.”
She added, “With his usual strength of will, now he has decided to continue medical treatment.”
McCain’s wife, Cindy, tweeted that her “heart is broken” after the death of her husband.
My heart is broken. I’m so happy to have lived to love the adventure of this incredible man who for 38 years. He died as he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best.
— Cindy McCain (@Cindy McCain) August 26, 2018
“I’m so happy to have lived to love the adventure of this incredible man who for 38 years,” she said. “He died as he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best.”
The senator’s daughter, Meghan, posted a heartfelt note online in which you said that the “task of [her] life to live up to [McCain] for example, his expectations, and his love.”
I love you for always, my beloved father @SenJohnMcCain pic.twitter.com/Y50tVQvlVe
— Meghan McCain (@Meghan McCain) August 26, 2018
“My father is gone, and I miss him as only a daughter can,” she wrote. “He was a great fire, burned bright, and we live in his light and warmth for so very long. We know that his flame lives on in each of us. To the days come and the years will not be the same without my dad — but they are filled with good days, with life and love because of the example he lived for us.”
McCain was born in 1936 in the Panama canal Zone, where his father was stationed in the Navy. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1958, McCain went to Vietnam.
In 1967, his A4 Skyhawk, the was hit by a surface-to-air missile over Hanoi. McCain was a prisoner of the North Vietnamese, tortured and beat him for more than five years. He was in solitary confinement for several years.
“My room was pretty decent size – I would say, 10 out of 10,” McCain would write later. “The door was. There was no window. The only ventilation came from two small holes at the top of the ceiling, about 6 inches by 4 inches. The roof was tin, and it was hot as hell in there.”
His captors, the early release offered to him after learning his father was a remarkable naval officer. But McCain refused to leave, before the other prisoners. He was released in the year 1973.
McCain’s injuries from his arrest, the rest of his life, most significantly the limited freedom of movement of his arms.
McCain got a taste of politics in 1976 when he served as a Navy liaison to the Senate.
U.S.-Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain (R-AZ) (R), by the Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio, October 31, 2008.
(REUTERS/Brian Snyder )
In 1982, McCain was elected to the chamber of deputies. Only a few years later, in 1986, he won to replace the race in Arizona’s conservative Sen. Barry Goldwater.
He was implicated in what became known as the Keating Five scandal in 1989, the accused, to help with several other legislators, the owner of the Lincoln Savings and Loan, which had donated to his campaign.
McCain ran twice for President. In 2000, he ran for the Republican nomination for President, win the New Hampshire primary, but lose the nomination to George W. Bush.
In 2008, he defeated a variety of Republican winning candidate to the GOP nomination for President.
He was responsible for the introduction of then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to a national audience by tapping her as his running mate. The McCain-Palin ticket went down, lost the General election, Barack Obama, was the country’s first black President.
For years, McCain and his choice of Palin was in error. But in his new book, “The Restless Wave,” McCain reportedly writes that he regrets the choice of his friend, then-Connecticut sen Joseph Lieberman as his running mate, called it “another mistake I made.” Lieberman, the 2000 democratic candidate for vice president, was an independent, caucused with the Democrats.
After the 2008 loss, McCain to the Senate, returned, embraced his role as the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
During his last years in politics, he had a complicated relationship with President Trump, the infamous McCain attacked during the GOP primary. In may, the McCain family was offended when it was reported that Trump aide Kelly Sadler McCain’s opposition to the President’s choice for CIA Director by joking during a private meeting in the meadow, “It doesn’t matter, he dies anyway.”
According to the New York Times, McCain clearly the White house has made, he doesn’t want to trump, his funeral, and instead prefer Vice President Mike Pence in the case of a service would be.
McCain is survived by his wife, Cindy, seven children and five grandchildren.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.