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McCain, Ted Kennedy die same date, 9 years apart, the same cancer

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John McCain the death of brain cancer at the age of 81 came exactly nine years after the death of Ted Kennedy, both long-term U.S. senators have died of the same type of brain tumor.

McCain, R-Ariz., had the fight against the disease for just over a year, while Kennedy, D-Mass., died at the age of 77, 13 months after his diagnosis, the Arizona Republic reported.

Both succumbed to glioblastoma, the approximately 10,000 Americans a year, and is described by the doctors as “very vicious.”

US sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., died at the age of 77 in 2009.

(Reuters)

Although they are from opposite ends of the political spectrum, the two senators are reportedly close friends. During the Kennedy funeral in 2009, McCain read a Eulogy in which he said, “The place will not be the same without him.”

McCain, like Kennedy, if he has fought his illness, was largely absent from Washington during the last years of his life. But the Arizona “maverick” upset many of his Republican colleagues last September, when he voted in opposition to a GOP-led effort to overhaul ObamaCare.

The coincidence that both senators died on the same day was not lost on social media. From Saturday evening, “Ted Kennedy” was trending on Twitter.

Fitting that Senator McCain would be 9 years to the day since his good friend Senator Ted Kennedy. Their fierce patriotism and mutual respect, despite ideological differences, embodied in the Washington we have lost and must regain. Real American statesmen.

— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) August 26, 2018

“Fitting that Senator McCain would be 9 years to the day since his good friend Senator Ted Kennedy,” Anthony Scaramucci. “Their fierce patriotism and mutual respect, despite ideological differences, embodied in the Washington we have lost and must regain. Real American statesmen.”

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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