Less than a day after Arizona Senator John McCain’s family noted that it was discontinuing medical treatment for him, the Senator has died at 81 years of age.
McCain died at around 4:30 PM on August 25, according to his family.
CBS News reports:
McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, in July 2017. On August 24, McCain’s family said that “with his usual strength of will,” he had chosen to discontinue treatment. Though McCain had “surpassed expectations for his survival, … the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict,” the statement said.
McCain was the son of a four-star Navy Admiral and soon joined the service himself. After graduating from West Point, McCain shot to fame after being captured by the enemy during the Vietnam War.
His torture and abuse became a major propaganda coup for the North Vietnamese as the U.S. worked to help the South Vietnamese defeat its communist enemy.
McCain survived his brutal treatment and returned home to run for Congress winning a seat to the House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982. By 1987 he was elected to the upper chamber and served in that body for the rest of his life, dying in office.
McCain later became the GOP nominee for the Republican Party, but facing the highly popular Barack Obama, he lost to the Democrat in the year 2000.
But even before his run for president, McCain earned a reputation as a “maverick” in the GOP, often cozying up to the media and turning against his own party time and again. He was said to be “independent” of the party establishment and often attacked conservatives.
Finally, once President Donald Trump came to Washington, McCain spent his final years serving as a stark enemy to the president and anyone who would support him.
John McCain is survived by his wife and children, Meghan McCain, Bridget McCain, John Sidney McCain IV, James McCain, and Sidney McCain.
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