Sen. John McCain Dies at 81

John McCain is dead.

According to NBC News, this was confirmed by McCain’s office which released a statement saying that he died on Saturday, and this comes one year after he was told he had brain cancer.

“Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 p.m. on August 25, 2018,” said the statement by his office. “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.”

McCain has announced on July 19, 2017, that he had been diagnosed with a glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain tumor. Only this week, his family announced that he would be discontinuing treatment.

A brief history of his political career, according to NBC News:

McCain was first elected to office in 1982, when he won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona. Four years later he was elected to the Senate, and he was re-elected five times.

He first ran for president in 2000, becoming the main GOP challenger to George W. Bush, who went on to win the nomination and the White House.

The politician had shed his playboy image in his youth to become a fighter pilot. McCain was revered prisoner of war and both an independent voice in the Republican Party and its 2008 presidential nominee.

In his 36 years in Congress, McCain became one of the country’s most respected and influential politicians, challenging his fellow lawmakers to reach across the aisle for the good of the country, and often sparring with reporters with a biting if self-deprecating wit.

Last year, in his last act of defiance, McCain returned to the Capitol less than a week after his cancer was diagnosed to cast his vote on the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act — the biggest legislative achievement of President Barack Obama, the man who defeated him in the 2008 election.

Speaking with GQ Magazine in October, the revered politician said: “I have had the most fortunate life of anybody you will ever talk to, and I have nothing but gratitude, gratitude and joy, because I’ve had the most fortunate life that anybody has ever had. So I spend my time in gratitude and work as hard as I can to get done what I can get done while I can.”

He was 81.

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