John McCain, the six-term Arizona senator and one-time Republican presidential nominee, died Saturday, Aug. 25, at his home following a lengthy battle with brain cancer. His office confirmed his death in a statement.
"John McCain's life is proof that some truths are timeless". My prayers go out to his friends, family, and constituents during this time-you are in our hearts.
"He was a giant".
From overseas, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said McCain's "lifetime of public service" was "an inspiration to millions", while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised him as "a great American patriot" whose "support for Israel never wavered".
"My father is gone, and I miss him as only an adoring daughter can", Meghan wrote. "I think go ahead criticize his politics, but you bring up that military service, you slam him as a vet, and I'll defend him as aggressively as I defend my own kids".
That debate continues after Senator McCain's passing, with one of the most powerful and passionate voices for American global leadership silenced, amid great uncertainty as to who in the US Congress will advance his legacy and the case of American internationalism.
July 28, 2017: At around 1:30 am, McCain enters the Senate chamber and, with a dramatic thumbs down gesture, casts the deciding vote against the partial repeal of the Obamacare health law, torpedoing one of Trump's central campaign promises.
McCain withdrew his support to Trump's candidacy after he was heard bragging about sexually assaulting women in a recording that was made public just before the elections.
"John McCain's life is proof that some truths are timeless". I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years.
The flags at the Arizona Capitol were lowered to half staff in McCain's honor Saturday evening.
Following the announcement of his death on Saturday evening, U.S. president Donald Trump said his "deepest sympathies" went to Mr McCain's family.
As the son of a naval officer, McCain and the family were constantly on the move.
McCain entered the Naval Academy in 1954, soon after graduating from a prep school in Alexandria, VA. He was a supporter of Reaganomics, and he and his first wife were close friends of the Reagans for a time.
But it would be another two years before McCain first emerged onto the national stage.
He was shot down over Hanoi in October of 1967 while on his 23rd bombing mission inside a Skyhawk dive bomber.
McCain broke both arms and one leg after ejecting from the plane.
But it was McCain's fortitude after joining the Navy that would define him.
In 2008, he spoke passionately about the patriotism he maintained while imprisoned in Hanoi.
Colleagues of McCain, 81, had been bracing for the worst for months as the Arizona senator retreated from public life to fight the disease. They tortured and beat him, but McCain refused an early release, denying communist North Vietnam a propaganda victory, and followed a code of conduct that POWs must be released in the order they were captured. Some attacked his temperament; others, including the current president, questioned the reality behind the cultivated maverick-warrior image he presented in his three memoirs - the last of which, The Restless Wave, was published only this year.
McCain is survived by his wife Cindy, seven children and five grandchildren.
Senator McCain was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982 and elected to the United States Senate in 1986.
"He frequently put partisanship aside to do what he thought was best for the country, and was never afraid to break the mould if it was the right thing to do".