Senator John McCain Dies Shortly After Stopping Brain Cancer Treatment

John Mc Cain passes away

John Mc Cain passes away

The family of the six-term USA senator announced on Friday that he had made a decision to end treatment in his battle against brain cancer, which he had fought against for over a year.

Mr McCain was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in July past year and had been undergoing treatment. "With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment", the McCain family said in a statement.

McCain is survived by his mother Roberta, wife Cindy, and their children, Meghan, Jack, Jimmy and Bridget.

US President Donald Trump might not be invited for John McCain's funeral, Reuters reported citing sources.

A rare Republican critic of Trump, McCain accused the president of "naivete", "egotism" and of sympathizing with autocrats.

However, he was unable to do so as John McCain cast the deciding vote against the repeal.

In a prepared speech that seemed directed at the president and his aides, McCain denounced the "spurious nationalism" of people who "would rather find scapegoats than solve problems".

"Why don't we try the old way of legislating in the Senate, the way our rules and customs encourage us to act?"

Meghan added of her father: "He is so resilient in so many different ways", she added.

That debate continues after Senator McCain's passing, with one of the most powerful and passionate voices for American global leadership silenced, amid great uncertainty as to who in the US Congress will advance his legacy and the case of American internationalism.

The office of Barack and Michelle Obama released a statement on the death of Mr McCain, in which Mr Obama wrote that despite all their differences, they shared "a fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched and sacrificed".

A conservative on most issues, he pushed for campaign finance reform and the effort to account for those missing in Vietnam.

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But the pinnacle of his political career came in 2008, when he clinched the Republican nomination for president, only to lose to Obama amid the global financial meltdown and dragged down by Bush's low approval ratings. But he and running mate Sarah Palin lost to Obama.

When Udall was struck down with Parkinson's disease, relegated to a hospital bed in Washington, it was McCain who visited him every few weeks. In the last weeks of his life, McCain opposed the confirmation of Gina Haspel as the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency, saying "her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying".

McCain followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, taking his place at the Naval Academy in 1954.

"I haven't always done the right thing".

On Oct. 26, 1967, his A-4E Skyhawk was shot down during a bombing run over Hanoi. Both of his arms and his knee were broken, and McCain was knocked unconscious and taken as a prisoner of war.

Born Aug. 29, 1936, McCain was a former Navy pilot who was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five-and-a-half years.

A week earlier, McCain slammed Trump's remarks surrounding last year's violence in Charlottesville, Va., writing in a tweet there's "no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate & bigotry".

He was eventually taken to the infamous Hoa Lò Prison, better known as the Hanoi Hilton. "I think go ahead criticize his politics, but you bring up that military service, you slam him as a vet, and I'll defend him as aggressively as I defend my own kids".

Senator McCain was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982 and elected to the United States Senate in 1986.

The future Republican presidential candidate spent more than five years there, enduring torture but refusing an expedited release on account of his background.

All living former U.S. presidents lined up to praise McCain's deep integrity.

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