Senator John McCain Dies Aged 81
John McCain has died after losing battle with cancer, his office has announced
US Senator John McCain has passed away on Saturday after losing his battle with cancer, his office has announced.
In a statement, a spokesperson said:
"Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 pm 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."
His death comes after his family said he had chosen to end his medical treatment for brain cancer.
The former presidential candidate revealed he had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease last year.
In a statement on Friday, Mr. McCain's family said he had "surpassed expectations for his survival," but the progress of cancer and his age "render their verdict."
McCain, who was receiving treatment for Glioblastoma, and aggressive type of brain cancer, shared the news in an announcement via his family.
“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 announcement reads.
“In the year since John has surpassed expectations for his survival.
"But the progress of a disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict,” the family said in a statement.
“With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment.”
McCain infamously voted twice to protect the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.
Last July, he helped defeat a “skinny” repeal bill 49 to 51 in a dramatic, late-night vote.
McCain then went on to vote against the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill in September.
The ailing Senator’s daughter, Meghan McCain, thanked supporters for their “love and generosity,” over the course of the year.
“My family is deeply appreciative of all the love and generosity you have shown us during this past year McCain tweeted.
"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.”