John McCain, the veteran of US politics and commended war hero, has died aged 81, little over a year after he was diagnosed with brain cancer.
On Friday it was revealed that McCain had discontinued treatment against brain cancer. The following day (Saturday 25) his death was announced.
A statement released by McCain’s office which confirmed his death read:
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.
People have been paying their respects to McCain over Twitter after the news of his death broke just moments ago.
It is impossible to look at the breadth of John McCain's service to the country and not have your breath taken away.
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) August 26, 2018
John McCain was a true American hero who served his country with honor throughout his life, and our nation has lost a great man. Our prayers are with his family and all those who loved him and served with him. – RC
— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) August 26, 2018
Senator John McCain was a hero to all Americans of all political stripes. He stood up for what he believed in, regardless of whether it was popular. He was also a fighter. Glioblastoma is such an aggressive cancer but he fought valiantly till the end. May he rest in peace.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) August 26, 2018
John McCain, American statesman and POW survivor, has died at age 81. pic.twitter.com/1CZMZEfXf8
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) August 26, 2018
The Dodgers observed a moment of silence for the passing of John McCain. The crowd audibly gasped at the announcement, since the news was so recent many fans had not yet heard.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 26, 2018
Today we lost an American original. Sen. John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs. John never took the easy path in life – and through sacrifice and suffering he inspired others to serve something greater than self.
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) August 26, 2018
Rest in peace, John McCain. Thank you for your selfless service to our great nation. pic.twitter.com/v1UN7Q6zi9
— Brad Thor (@BradThor) August 26, 2018
McCain was perhaps most well known for being the Republican presidential nominee in the 2008 presidential election. He was also known across for his time as a prisoner of war during his time in Vietnam.
As a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, McCain’s plane was shot down Hanoi and he was captured by North Vietnamese troops. For more than five years McCain was tortured and later became a decorated US war hero.
The dedicated congressman ran for presidency in 2000 and 2008 and it was in 2008 that he won the Republican nomination with an interesting choice of running mate, then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. McCain lost in the general election to Democrat Barack Obama.
John McCain was many things – a proud graduate of the Naval Academy, a Senate colleague, a political opponent.
But, to me, more than anything, John was a friend. He will be missed dearly. pic.twitter.com/AS8YsMLw3d
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 26, 2018
As a result of his time and torture as POW, McCain was unable to lift his arms above his head. He also had other health scares such as bouts of skin cancer which left a large scar on his face.
Little over a year ago McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a deadly brain cancer and after stopping treatment on Friday (24 August) McCain died on the 25.
Our thoughts go out to the McCain family at this hard time.
Rest in peace.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.