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US Senator John McCain dies aged 81

US Senator John McCain dies aged 81

John McCain dieв aged 81 after a long fight with the oncological disease, said his family in the tweet on Sunday. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for more than half a century, BBC reported.

John McCain was the son and grandson of Navy admirals, he was a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War. When his plane was shot down, he spent more than five years as a prisoner of war. Being captured by red Vietnamese, he suffered torture that left him with lasting disabilities. But his will become even stronger, the rest of his life he dedicated to the political life and had the strong voice in the Republican party.

In July 2017, McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. One year of treatment failed to prevent his condition from worsening and on August 24 his family announced that he had chosen to discontinue medical care. Next day, August 25, Senator McCain died.

Former President Barack Obama also issued a statement paying tribute to the 2008 Republican nominee.

McCain’s impact on America hasn’t ended

Throughout his life, however, McCain offered a full-throated defence of an America that was active and engaged in the world. In his final years, he sparred with Mr Trump over the direction of the Republican Party and the principles it should embrace. Donald Trump, whom Mr McCain has strongly criticised, tweeted:

“My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!”

Cindy McCain, John’s wife, thanked all people for all the warm words and condolences, she wrote on Twitter.

“He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best.”

Joe Biden who was a long-time friend and political opponent paid a tribute, saying John McCain’s “impact on America hasn’t ended”. He added that John McCain’s life is proof that some truths are timeless, America lost today one of its bravest sons.

“Character. Courage. Integrity. A life lived embodying those truths casts a long, long shadow. John McCain will cast a long shadow,”

Biden wrote.