Senator John McCain dies after battle with brain cancer

Senator john McCain dies at the age of 81

Posted: Aug 25, 2018 6:00 PM
Updated: Aug 26, 2018 9:27 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senator, war hero and GOP presidential candidate John McCain has died. His office says McCain died Saturday. He had battled brain cancer. The longtime Arizona senator was known as a maverick whose rebellious streak extended from his days as a POW in North Vietnam to his time in the Senate.

President Donald Trump released a tweet this evening saying "My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!"

Over five decades, John Sidney McCain the Third became a towering figure in American politics and public service.

Born on a US military base near the Panama Canal, McCain grew up in northern Virginia, he was the middle child of three in a family of Navy admirals.

He attended the Naval Academy and became a combat aviator and flew missions over north Vietnam during the war. In 1967, McCain was shot down, captured, and later tortured during five and a half years in a North Vietnamese jail dubbed the Hanoi Hilton.

In 1982, McCain ran for Congress from Arizona, home to his second wife Cindy Lou Hensley.

McCain served five terms in the U.S. Senate and ran for president twice.

His wife Cindy said her husband died on "his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved". McCain was 81.

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