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Senator, War Hero, And Veteran John McCain Dies At 81

Senator, War Hero, And Veteran John McCain Dies At 81

John McCain passed away today at age 81 after a long battle with cancer

August has unfortunately been a month filled with death. First, former Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin passed away from pancreatic cancer at age 76 and now former POW, The Maverick John McCain died today at age 81. NBC News reported earlier today “Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 p.m. on August 25, 2018,” following just days after news of ceaseing treatment of the stage-four brain cancer that he had been battling since last summer.

 Photo courtesy of  The Republic

Photo courtesy of The Republic

In a statement, the McCain family said “John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict.” McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma, one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer back in 2017, right after he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye. Even after being diagnosed, the Arizona Senator kept upbeat about his condition, tweeting “I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support - unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!” 

McCain was a war hero who survived five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before serving three decades in Congress and becoming the Republican Party’s nominee for president in 2008. While heartbroken, the McCain family is staying strong. Both wife Cindy and daughter Meghan have Tweeted statements since the senator’s passing.

According to The New York Times, McCain made it clear to the White House that he doesn’t want President Trump to attend his funeral, and would instead prefer Vice President Mike Pence to attend the service. McCain is survived by his wife Cindy, seven children and five grandchildren.

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