John McCain, US senator and war hero, dies at 81

US Senator John McCain dies aged 81

US Senator John McCain dies aged 81

Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have both released statements after news broke of Senator John McCain's death.

His office says McCain died Saturday. "Godspeed Senator McCain. My prayers for Cindy and the attractive McCain family". "At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years", McCain's office said in the statement.

"John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds and competed at the highest level of politics", Obama said in a statement.

"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". He was also a pilot in the U.S. Navy and was taken captive as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

"Today, the State of Arizona, and our entire nation, have lost a great public servant".

"My father is gone, and I miss him as only an adoring daughter can", McCain concluded.

McCain ran for president two times, in 2000 and 2008, securing the GOP nomination in the latter campaign and bringing Sarah Palin from relative obscurity into the national limelight. "May he rest in peace". "But in this loss, and in this sorrow, I take comfort in this: John McCain, hero of the republic and to his little girl, wakes today to something more glorious than anything on this earth".

President Donald Trump sent his condolences to the McCain family on Twitter. Bush said. "Some voices are so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled". John McCain, his one-time political rival, a "man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order". "Thank you", Cindy wrote on Friday.

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