US Senator John McCain, a former presidential candidate and Vietnam War hero, died Saturday after losing his battle with brain cancer, his office said in a statement.
“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,” the statement read, noting that the Republican senator had “served the United States of America faithfully for 60 years.” The McCain family announced Friday that the senator had chosen to discontinue his cancer treatment.
“We have lost a man who steadfastly represented the best ideals of our country,” said US Defense Secretary James Mattis. President Donald Trump, who had a strained relationship with McCain, sent his “deepest sympathies and respect” to the senator’s family on Twitter.
John McCain, a war hero and one of the most respected US legislators in recent memory, has died. He had a clear view of America’s role in the world, but his most crucial vote had nothing to do with foreign policy.
“Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did,” said former President Barack Obama. “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.”