Kirsters Baish| News broke yesterday evening that Republican Arizona Senator John McCain had passed away after battling terminal brain cancer for the last year. Fox News notes that the 81-year-old Senator was also an American war hero. He spent five years in Vietnam as a Prisoner of War (POW.) He served in Congress for thirty years, and in 2008, he made his way to becoming the Republican Party’s Presidential nominee.
Just 36 hours after refusing to continue medical treatment, the influential politician passed away, surrounded by his family.
In July of 2017, McCain announced to the public that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer. “I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support – unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I’ll be back soon, so stand-by!” the Arizona Senator tweeted on July 20, following his diagnosis.
This past Friday, McCain’s family released a statement explaining, “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. In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict.”
The statement went on, “With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment.”
The now-widowed Cindy McCain wrote on Twitter that her “heart is broken” after news of her husband’s death broke.
“I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years,” she wrote. “He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best.”
My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best.
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) August 26, 2018
A statement was issued about McCain’s passing by President Donald Trump. He stated, “My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!”
Although President Trump and Senator McCain had their disagreements, Trump lowered the White House flag to half mast to honor the Senator.
Senator McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, wrote on Twitter, “My father, United States Senator John Sidney McCain III, departed this life today.
I was with my father at his end, as he was with me at my beginning. In the thirty-three years we shared together, he raised me, taught me, corrected me, comforted me, encouraged me, and supported me in all things. He loved me, and I loved him. He taught me how to live. His love and his care, ever present, always unfailing, took me from a girl to a woman- and he showed me what it is to be a man.
All that I am is thanks to him. Now that he is gone, the task of my lifetime is to live to up his example, his expectations, and his love.
My father’s passing comes with sorrow and grief for me, for my mother, for my brothers, and for my sisters. He was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth for so very long. We know that his flame lives on, in each of us. The days and years to come will not be the same without my dad- but they will be good days, filled with life and love, because of the example he lived for us.”
The message continued, “Your prayers, for his soul and for our family, are sincerely appreciated.
My father is gone, and I miss him as only an adoring daughter can. 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. Today the warrior enters his true and eternal life, greeted by those who have gone before him, rising to meet the Author of All Things:
*The dream is ended: this is the morning.*”
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 26, 2018
Our condolences go out to the McCain family.