Senator John McCain has died at the age of 81

John McCain

Arizona Senator John McCain is dead at  the age of 81.  A retired Navy captain and former POW during the  Vietnam War, McCain served two terms in the U.S. House before being  elected to the Senate in 1986.  He ran for president against Barack  Obama in 2008, later losing the election.  A moderate conservative,  he became chairman of the Senate Armed Services  Committee in 2015.  He had a series of health setbacks in recent years,  including a diagnosis of brain cancer in July of 2017. McCain entered  Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland the week of December 10th for  what his office called treatment for the side effects of his  chemotherapy.  He spent the rest of his days as senator at his ranch  near Sedona, Arizona.  McCain is survived by wife Cindy; daughter  Meghan; son John McCain the Fourth; and three children from his previous  marriage. 

Cindy McCain tweeted, "My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best."

President Trump tweeted, "My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!"

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