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US Senate John McCain passes away at 81

US Senator John McCain

Washington: United States (US) Senator John McCain died at the age of 81 after losing a battle with brain cancer, sources said on Sunday.

“Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 pm on August 25, 2018. The senator’s wife Cindy and their family were present when he passed away,” his office said in a statement.

Following the death of the political titan, condolences came across the country from both American politicians and the local residents.

Former President Barack Obama, to whom McCain lost the 2008 presidential elections said in the condolence message, “We are all in his debt.”

President Donald Trump also expressed grief and sent his “deepest sympathies and respect.”

McCain had spent more than three decades in the Senate. He engaged in debates over war and peace and the moral direction of the nation. He served as a US representative from 1983-1987, before joining the upper chamber.

McCain the war hero was tortured while he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five years, stopped the treatment of his cancer earlier this week. His family said, “the progress of the disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict.”

McCain spent his last days at his Arizona home for treatment of glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer.

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