Breaking News!!: Arizona: United States Senator John McCain has died after battling brain cancer.
John McCain, Arizona United States Senator, 2008 Republican United States presidential nominee and Prisoner Of War hero, has died on Saturday, August 25th, 2018.
His passing comes more than a year after he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.
The office of Senator John McCain in Washington, District of Columbia released the following statement on the passing of John McCain:
“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.”
A memorial service remembering Senator John McCain will be held at North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday, August 30th, 2018 in Arizona.
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John McCain was born on August 29th, 1936.
The son and grandson of United States Navy admirals, John McCain was a former U.S. Navy pilot and was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for more than 5 years.
John McCain survived nearly 6 years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.
John McCain was elected to Congress in the early 1980’s and elected to the Senate in 1986, replacing retiring Barry Goldwater.
John McCain gained a reputation as a lawmaker who was willing to stick to his convictions rather than go along with party leaders, a streak that drew a mix of respect and ire.
In July 2017, John McCain underwent surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain after being diagnosed with an aggressive tumor called a glioblastoma, the same type of tumor that killed Sen. Edward M. Kennedy at the age of 77 years old in 2009.
Last Friday, John McCain’s family announced that John McCain chose to discontinue medical treatment in his battle against brain cancer.
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John McCain passes away at the age of 81 years old and his passing comes just days before his 82nd birthday, on August 29.
John McCain is survived by his 106 year old mother, Roberta McCain; his wife, Cindy McCain; and seven children from his two marriages, Meghan, Jack, Jimmy, Bridget, Doug, Andy and Sidney.
Reaction have continue to come on the passing of Senator John McCain.
From: John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain:
“All that I am is thanks to him. Now that he is gone, the task of my lifetime is to live up to his example, his expectations, and his love.”
From: United States President Donald Trump:
“My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!”
From: United States First Lady Melania Trump:
“Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to the McCain Family. Thank you Senator McCain for your service to the nation.”
From: United State Vice President Mike Pence:
“Karen and I send our deepest condolences to Cindy and the entire McCain family on the passing of Senator John McCain. We honor his lifetime of service to this nation in our military and in public life.”
From: Senate Majority Leader McConnell:
“It’s an understatement to say the Senate will not be the same without our friend John. I will treasure the many memories we’ve shared together through the years.”
From: United States Speaker Paul Ryan:
“John McCain was a giant of our time—not just for the things he achieved, but for who he was and what he fought for all his life. He will always be listed among freedom’s most gallant and faithful servants.”
From United States House Minority Leader Pelosi:
“The nation is in tears. Today, with the passing of John McCain, Congress and America have lost a leader and public servant of deep patriotism, outstanding bravery and undaunted spirit.”
From Sarah Palin, John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 Presidential Election:
“John McCain was my friend. I will remember the good times. My family and I send prayers for Cindy and the McCain family.”
From Senator Lindsey Graham:
“America and Freedom have lost one of her greatest champions. And I’ve lost one of my dearest friends and mentor.”
From Senator Jeff Flake:
“The world has lost a hero and a statesman. Cindy and the McCain family have lost a loving husband and father. I have lost a wonderful friend.”
From: Former United States President Barack Obama:
“Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did. But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own. At John’s best, he showed us what that means.”
From: Former United States Vice President Joe Biden:
“John McCain was many things – a proud graduate of the Naval Academy, a Senate colleague, a political opponent. But, to me, more than anything, John was a friend.”
From: Former United States President George W. Bush:
“John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order. He was a public servant in the finest traditions of our country. And to me, he was a friend whom I’ll deeply miss.”
From: Former United States President Bill Clinton:
“He frequently put partisanship aside to do what he thought was best for the country, and was never afraid to break the mold if it was the right thing to do.”
From: Former United States President Jimmy Carter:
“John McCain was a man of honor, a true patriot in the best sense of the word.”
** ZachNews send our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of John McCain. Thank you for your service to our country. **