Arizona senator, former Republican presidential nominee, and decorated war veteran John McCain died Saturday after battling an aggressive form of brain cancer at the age of 81.
McCain leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Cindy, seven children, and his 106-year-old mother, Roberta McCain.
The New York Times reports that McCain passed away at his home in Arizona at 4:28 p.m., according to a statement from his office.
“Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28pm 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,” the statement read.
McCain’s wife Cindy tweeted Saturday regarding his death.
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 the place he loved best.
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) August 26, 2018
“My heart is broken,” Cindy wrote. “He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best.”
McCain’s daughter Meghan made a statement on Twitter as well.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 26, 2018
“I was with my father at his end, as he was with me at my beginning,” Meghan wrote. “All that I am is thanks to him … Today the warrior enters his true and eternal life, greeted by those who have gone before him, rising to meet the Author of All Things: ‘The dream is ended: this is the morning.’ ”
No further details were immediately provided.
Sen. John McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last year, has decided to discontinue medical treatment, his family said in a statement on Friday.
McCain is a key voice in the Republican Party and was the 2008 presidential nominee. Despite his diagnosis, he remained active in politics, even encouraging Joe Biden to remain in politics while battling cancer. McCain also graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1958 and was a prisoner of war.
“Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious,” the statement says. “In the year since John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict.
“With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment,” the statement continued. “Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John’s many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers. God bless and thank you all.”
McCain’s wife and daughter made additional statements on Twitter as well.
“I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey,” McCain’s wife Cindy wrote.
I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey. pic.twitter.com/v27sEbboii
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) August 24, 2018
“My family is deeply appreciative of all the love and generosity you have shown us during this past year,” McCain’s daughter Meghan wrote. “Thank you for all your continued support and prayers. We could not have made it this far without you – you’ve given us strength to carry on.”
My family is deeply appreciative of all the love and generosity you have shown us during this past year. Thank you for all your continued support and prayers. We could not have made it this far without you – you’ve given us strength to carry on. pic.twitter.com/KuAQSASoa7
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 24, 2018
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