Longtime US Senator John McCain dies aged 81

(Washington, LANKAPUVATH) – DC: John McCain, the longtime U. S. senator from Arizona and one-time Republican presidential nominee has died after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 81.

Senator McCain died on Saturday surrounded by his wife Cindy and family, his office said in a short statement. “At his death he has served the United State of America faithfully for sixty years,” the statement said

The Vietnam War hero and the veteran politician was diagnosed with an aggressive brain glioblastoma in July 2017 and had been undergoing medical treatment.

His family announced on Friday that Senator McCain, who left Washington in December, had decided to discontinue medical treatment for the brain cancer he has been battling for over a year.

Mr McCain, whose father and grandfather were both Navy admirals, was a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War. His plane was shot down over Hanoi in October 1967 and he was captured by the North Vietnamese forces. He spent more than five years as a prisoner of war.

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