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U.S. Senator John McCain dead at 81 from brain cancer

26 August 2018

"We're in a war", McCain said in a separate interview with C-SPAN in 2017. "He was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth for so very long".

McCain's death comes just one day after we learned the senator and former Republican presidential nominee made a decision to stop medical treatment for brain cancer.

He was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, called a glioblastoma, in 2017.

"My heart is broken", she wrote. "He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best".

This email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the morning. Perhaps it was the product of his years rotting in a dusty Vietnamese jail cell (three limbs broken, his spirit almost so); perhaps it was the searing experience of being criticized in the mid-1980s savings-and-loan crisis for his ties to the discredited owner of a distressed thrift institution (a blow to his pride and his profile); perhaps it was in losing two presidential campaigns (the ultimate prize in American politics just beyond his long reach), but he was at once an insurgent and a deeply introspective man. "May God bless them all during this hard time".

His father and grandfather were both four-star admirals. He developed a reputation for being the life of the party and misbehaved frequently, graduating fifth from the bottom of his class.

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The Navy fighter pilot spent years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam after being shot down while on a bombing mission over Hanoi.

As McCain pursued his own re-election to the Senate in 2016, he broke with his party's nominee after a video aired in which Trump could be heard bragging that when he saw attractive women he would sometimes "grab 'em by the pussy". He landed in a lake in the corner of the capital of North Vietnam, he said in recalling the incident.

While in the custody of his captors, he suffered torture that left him with lasting disabilities. He was offered an early release, but refused.

"There is no greater cause than the freedoms enshrined in the U.S. Constitution".

He was released in January of 1973, nearly six years after his capture.

"Generations of McCains have served in our great Navy".

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Denied the presidency, Mr. McCain expressed fantastic grace to Barack Obama, who defeated him in a bruising 2008 race.

McCain divorced his wife Carol after 15 years of marriage in 1980 and weeks later married the former Cindy Henley, daughter of a wealthy beer distributor in Arizona.

He also bucked the political trend, having been elected as a conservative Republican in 1982, a year when 26 of his fellow party members lost their House seats.

On Capitol Hill, McCain became close friends with Senator Lindsey Graham and former senator Joe Lieberman - a trio dubbed the "Three Amigos". In 1986 he was elected to the US Senate, where he'd easily win reelection five times, including in 2016.

7 of 15 U.S. President George W. Bush, right, listens after endorsing Republican presidential candidate John McCain in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 5, 2008. "John McCain's sacrifice and the sacrifices made by all our POWs and MIAs must never be forgotten". Arizona is one of 36 states where Senate vacancies are handled this way, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. "Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to the McCain Family".

He is survived by his wife Cindy and his children Meghan, Jack, Jimmy, Bridget, Doug, Andy and Sidney.

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U.S. Senator John McCain dead at 81 from brain cancer