Published: Sun, August 26, 2018
Medical | By Mark Scott

US Senator John McCain dies from brain cancer aged 81

US Senator John McCain dies from brain cancer aged 81

The Senator was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in July 2017.

Biden's book is about his late son Beau, and his battle against the very same brain cancer that afflicted McCain.

According to a statement from McCain's office, he died Saturday at 4:28 PM, adding.

"In the year since (his diagnosis), John has surpassed expectations for his survival", the family said Friday.

His family had previously said he had ended medical treatment for the condition, revealing that "the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict".

They said he chose to stop his treatment "with his usual strength of will".

"My father's passing comes with sorrow and grief for me, for my mother, for my brothers, and for my sisters", said Meghan in a tweet.

He has long stood as a shining example of doing the right thing and standing up for his principles even - and especially - when the going gets tough.

McCain was finally released on March 14, 1973 but the effects of the crash and torture were evident in his everyday life from that day forward. with a visible limp when he walked and his inability to raise either arm above his shoulders. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1958, McCain went to Vietnam.

Former vice-president Joe Biden, who developed a friendship with McCain while they served together in the Senate, said the Arizona lawmaker will "cast a long shadow".

Known as a "maverick" by some, the senator was often at odds with his own party.

McCain has not been in Washington since December, leaving a vacuum in the corridors of the Senate and the television news studios he roamed for decades.

Former vice president Al Gore - who served under Democrat Bill Clinton - said "I always admired and respected John from the opposite side of the aisle, because he thrived under pressure, and would work to find common ground, no matter how hard". "We're citizens of a republic made of shared ideals forged in a new world to replace the tribal enmities that tormented the old one".

He was known as a towering figure in U.S. politics and for reaching across the aisle in an increasingly divided nation. First lady Melania Trump thanked McCain for his service to the nation, which included more than five years as a prisoner of war and six terms in the Senate.

In his final months in the Senate, McCain styled himself nearly as the conscience of Congress, demanding his colleagues stand up and act as a check on the Trump presidency.

He could also be volcanic, especially about causes dear to him: the armed forces, American exceptionalism and, in his later years, the threat posed by Russia's Vladimir Putin, whom he branded "a murderer and a thug".

The senator was also a dedicated supporter of Israel and was quick to back US President Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

McCain ran for president in 2000, but ultimately lost the Republican primary to George W. Bush.

In 2008, he made peace with the party establishment, and finally won the presidential nomination.

While on a mission in North Vietnam in 1967, his plane was shot down. He was soon placed in solitary confinement, where he would remain for the next two years. Others directly accused the deceased senator of pursuing his ideals at the cost of entire nations and wanting "to wipe Syria, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, and Vietnam off the map".

Grainy black and white video shows the wounded the pilot parachuting into Truc Bach Lake where was captured and beaten by the North Vietnamese who brought him ashore. His naval honors include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was elected to the House of Representatives as a congressman from Arizona in 1982, then to the Senate in 1986.

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