John McCain Dies at 81 Following Battle With Cancer

US Senator John McCain dies aged 81

McCain died Saturday at age 81 after a battle with brain cancer.

Eulogies from liberal and conservative figures alike, have been pouring in. "With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment", the McCain family said in a statement. With his good-natured sales pitches for things like "McCain's Fine Gold" (featuring a cameo from Cindy McCain) and self-deprecating humor ("I'm a true maverick - a Republican without money"), the Senator held his own with comedy veteran Fey and generated plenty of laughs himself.

His last Navy duty assignment was to serve as the naval liaison to the United States Senate.

He added that McCain was deeply devoted to his family. Thank you for all your continued support and prayers.

The late Arizona Republican, had organised his funeral, and close associates had told the White House in May that he did not want Trump to be invited.

A black hearse, accompanied by a police motorcade, could be seen driving away from the ranch near Sedona where McCain spent his final weeks. "With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family", his office said in a statement.

He began life in 1936 at a US naval base located next to the Panama Canal; the grandson of a four-star US Navy admiral and the son of a naval officer, who would also become an admiral.

"They key thing", Kyl added about McCain's replacement, "is to represent the state of Arizona, but also continue to represent all the people of the United States on an global level".

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) speaks after being awarded the 2017 Liberty Medal by former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (unseen) at the Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 16, 2017.

McCain never won the top political office for which he longed.

Obama said the two political opponents "saw our political battles, even, as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world".

Former president George W. Bush, who defeated McCain for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination, called his one-time political rival "man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order" and a "friend whom I'll deeply miss".

"He was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth", said Meghan McCain, one of the late senator's seven children - three of them from a previous marriage.

"He was a skilled, tough politician, as well as a trusted colleague alongside whom Hillary was honoured to serve in the Senate".

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". "Americans will be forever grateful for his heroic military service & his steadfast integrity".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: "Senator John McCain was an American patriot and hero whose sacrifices for his country, and lifetime of public service, were an inspiration to millions. Canadians join Americans tonight in celebrating his life and mourning his passing".

"The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate".

After McCain's death was announced, Palin took to Twitter to write, "Today we lost an American original. Sen".

Other plans were taking shape, too. Sen.

In a post on Twitter, she said: "My heart is broken". Along with Kyl, The Arizona Republic has listed McCain's widow, Cindy, Ducey's chief of staff, Kirk Adams, and the former US ambassador to Finland, Barbara Barrett, as potential appointees to replace the late lawmaker.

"He knew the challenges [facing] the state of Israel", Shaked wrote, "during his 36 years of service.the governments of Israel knew they had a friend".

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