The presidential candidate and Vietnam prisoner of war gave up the ghost just a few days after it was announced that he had decided to stop medical treatment.
“Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 p.m. 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,” the statement read.
McCain was came into the limelight as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down over Hanoi in 1967, and a few months earlier, he, then a Navy pilot, had survived a deadly fire on the USS Forrestal, an aircraft carrier.
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The son and grandson of Navy admirals, McCain represented Arizona since 1982, first at the House of Representatives for two terms and then at the Senate for more than three decades – since 1986, during which he twice sought the presidency.
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U.S. President Donald Trump and his predecessors, former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter, have paid tributes in McCain’s memory.
Trump, paid his tribute from his twitter handle, Saturday evening where he said: “My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!”