US senator John McCain passes on at the age of 81




John McCain


John McCain, a war hero and towering figure in American politics, known for reaching across the aisle in an increasingly divided nation, died Saturday following a battle with brain cancer. He was 81.

The senator's passing marked the end of a storied, 35- year political career that brought the independent-minded Republican within reach of the White House as his party's presidential nominee.

McCain wrote a memoir published earlier this year, "it's been quite a ride," he was tortured during five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

"I've known great passions, seen amazing wonders, fought in a war and helped make peace. I made a small place for myself in the story of America and the history of my times."

McCain, who had been receiving treatment in his home state of Arizona, was surrounded by his wife Cindy and his family during his final hours.

"He was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth," said Meghan McCain, one of the late senator's seven children - three of them from a previous marriage.

US President Donald Trump, who once mocked McCain's war record, said he sent his "deepest sympathies and respect."

McCain had been a rare and outspoken Republican critic of Trump, accusing him of "naivete,' "egotism" and of sympathizing with autocrats. He made a decisive vote last year that killed Republican attempts to repeal Barack Obama's health care reforms, and Trump never forgave him.


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