Sen. John McCain – an American war hero and a giant in US politics – passed away on Saturday, according to his office.
The news of his death comes one day after his wife Cindy and daughter Meghan McCain reported that the senator had stopped seeking further treatment for the deadly brain cancer known as Glioblastoma Multiforme, GBM.
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
The cancerous tumour in a GBM expands inside the brain often squeezing vital motor control and breathings centres of the brain.
“I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey,” Cindy McCain had said on Friday.
Her statement and another one from Meghan stated that the family had known the prognosis was very poor as it is for GBM globally. They said McCain had suspended treatment for his condition.
McCain, 81, served in the Navy until 1981. He was elected to the house in 1982 and the senate in 1986. He made one unsuccessful bid for the presidency, saying later it was an enjoyable experience even though he had lost.
He was loved across party lines because of his dignified debating skills and his stand on major issues. In recent months he had clashed with US President Donald Trump over a number of issues..
"Some lives are so vivid, it is difficult to imagine them ended. Some voices are so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled. John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order.” […] Full statement by President George W. Bush https://t.co/FQVYWIUyGL pic.twitter.com/W8LCxJXRLi
— George W. Bush Presidential Center (@TheBushCenter) August 26, 2018
My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018
President Obama said: John McCain and l were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics. But we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher — the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed.
“We 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. We saw this country as a place where anything is possible — and citizenship as our patriotic obligation to ensure it forever remains that way.
“Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did, But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own. At John’s best, he showed us what that means, And for that, we are all in his debt, Michelle and | send our most heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family,”