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Senator John McCain Dies Shortly After Stopping Brain Cancer Treatment

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Francis Osborne | 26 August, 2018, 18:30

Veteran US senator and war hero John McCain - a towering figure in American politics for decades - has died at age 81 after losing his battle with brain cancer. He went on to become the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2008.

Never one to give in, Trump then attacked the former navy pilot over what might have seemed his least vulnerable point: the military career - including more than five years as a wounded and tortured prisoner of war in Vietnam - for which he received a slew of decorations including the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit and three Bronze Stars. "I have lost a wonderful friend".

McCain, who had been receiving treatment in his home state of Arizona, was surrounded by his wife Cindy and his family during his final hours.

Former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, said in a statement: "Senator John McCain believed that every citizen has a responsibility to make something of the freedoms given by our Constitution, and from his heroic service in the Navy to his 35 years in Congress, he lived by his creed every day".

In Washington, flags on Capitol Hill and the White House were lowered to half-mast in his honour.

McCain is expected to be remembered in Arizona and Washington before being buried, likely this week, at the Naval Academy Cemetery on a peninsula overlooking the Severn River. Dates for the events have not yet been announced.

President Trump offered his "deepest sympathies and respect" to the McCain family.

Talk show hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen DeGeneres paid tribute and shared memories of their experiences with the Arizona Senator while Stephen King and Ron Perlman took the time to honor the war hero and take jabs at Trump.

"The damage inflicted by President Trump's naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate". "McCain's plans to rebuild the world under total USA hegemony are not going to come true", he tweeted on Sunday.

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"One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never countenance is that we drafted the lowest-income level of America, and the highest-income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur", he said.

But in one last display of bipartisanship, McCain selected both Obama and George W Bush to read eulogies at his service.

"My father, United States Senator John Sidney McCain III, departed this life today", Meghan began. He was held captive for more than five years. Before joining the upper chamber, he served as a U.S. representative from 1983 to 1987.

After his diagnosis in July of 2017, McCain continued serving as a senator for Arizona.

The former Alaska governor also downplayed the revelation in McCain's 2018 memoir, The Restless Wave, that he wished he had chosen Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman as his VP running mate instead of her. Palin, who previously attributed the "gut punch" line in the book to ghostwriters, revealed that McCain had never said such a thing to her and that the two had kept in touch over the years despite their differences and failed campaign.

Hailing him as a "truth-teller" with "unsurpassed" dedication to the United States and its military, the top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said he would seek to rename a Senate building in his honor.

On Friday, Republican Mitt Romney said he was "blessed and humbled" to have been friends with McCain.

"John McCain was a true American hero". In perhaps his last signature political moment, McCain cast a dramatic vote against his party to stop the repeal of Obamacare, coming to the floor in the middle of the vote before pausing and pointing his right thumb down.

Chinese social media users called him an "enemy of China" for his hawkish foreign policy views.

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