U.S. Senator, John McCain, has died of brain cancer at the age of 81. McCain, a GOP presidential nominee and maverick politician, passed away on Saturday.
The longtime Arizona senator and prisoner of war died of complications from brain cancer. His family announced on Friday that McCain would stop treatment. A statement from his office said his wife, Cindy, and other family members were with him when he took his last breadth.
The statement reads;
“Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28pm on August 25, 2018. With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.”
McCain had spent his last few months at home in Arizona and had not been seen in Washington since last December.
Doctors removed a blood clot above his left eye at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, AZ in 2017. During that procedure, they found a brain tumor known as glioblastoma.
Tumors can also spread on a microscopic level into brain tissue so the former Naval aviator then started radiation and chemotherapy.
McCain was on the Mike Broomhead Show in August 2017 after his diagnosis, where he said he was hopeful.
“Fine, fine, fine, it’s a tough challenge, you know, of course,” he said. “I’m getting the best care you could possibly have, I’m eating well, I’m feeling fine, getting plenty of exercise. I expect Congress to go out here pretty soon, and I will be back in September.”
McCain made an emotional speech about both parties working together to help Americans. A few days after that speech, he voted “No” on a health carebill to weaken the Affordable Care Act that he said was being pushed through the Senate.
He said he believed that Obamacare should be annulled and replaced with one that lowers costs, increases competition, and improves care for the American people.
McCain showed his positivity about returning to the Senate after his cancer diagnosis. “I greatly appreciate the outburst of support, unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I’ll be back soon, so stand-by!” he tweeted.
McCain was captured on Oct. 26, 1967, and held for 5 1/2 years in Vietnam as a prisoner of war. He was beaten, tortured, and suffered broken limbs and illness.
He had limited flexibility in his left knee and could not raise his arms above his shoulders after his release.
He was also diagnosed with melanoma several times, beginning in 1993.
McCain was born Aug. 29, 1936. He attended the Naval Academy, and followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps in joining the Navy, where he served until 1981. After retiring from the military, he went into politics. He represented Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives for 4 years starting in 1982, and he had served in the Senate since 1986.
He ran for president in 2008 as the Republican Party’s nominee, losing to Democrat Barack Obama, after a failed effort to win the nomination in 2000.
McCain was married twice and had seven children between the two marriages.
During his Navy career, he survived dangerous situations. He lived through an explosion and fire that killed 134 sailors on the USS Forrestal in July 1967. In December 1961, he flew into power lines while in Spain, he also survived a water landing during flight school in March 1960.
McCain received various military awards for his service, amongst the awards are the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Legion of Merit, Silver Star, and Legion of Merit.