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John McCain, a maverick Republican, dies at 81

By Reuters - Aug 26,2018 - Last updated at Aug 26,2018

In this photo taken on September 04, 2008 John McCain, Republican presidential nominee, acknowledges the audience at the end of the Republican National Convention 2008 at the Xcel Energy Centre in St Paul, Minnesota (AFP file photo)

WASHINGTON — US Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who ran for president in 2008 as a maverick Republican and became a prominent critic of President Donald Trump, died on Saturday. He was 81.

An Arizona senator for more than three decades, McCain had been suffering from glioblastoma, a brain cancer, since July 2017 and had not been at the US Capitol this year.

He died on Saturday afternoon at his ranch in Arizona with his wife Cindy and other family members at his bedside. 

McCain frequently battled with Trump and his family has said he did not want the president to attend his funeral.

Flags flew at half-staff at the White House on Sunday. Trump has Tweeted his "deepest sympathies and respect" to McCain's family.

All five living former presidents — Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter — paid tribute to McCain's courage and character.

McCain will lie in state in both Phoenix, Arizona, and in the Capitol rotunda in Washington, DC.

He will receive a military funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral, where Vice President Mike Pence was expected to attend, before being buried at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Cindy McCain said her husband had "passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best".

McCain's death brings to 50 the number of Republican-held seats in the 100-member US Senate, with Democrats controlling 49. Republican Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will appoint a member of his own party to succeed McCain after the funeral.

That could also give Republicans a slight edge in the battle to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court because McCain had been too ill to vote this year.

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POLITICAL AFFILIATIONS DOSE NOT MATTER AND I AM SADDENED BY THE DEATH OF SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN (THE MAVERICK) AND THE MOST IMPORTANT LEADER REMAINING FROM HIS GENERATIONS OF GOOD HEART, GOOD POLITICS, SERVICE AND PATRIOTISM TO THE GOOD OF OUR NATION. HE WAS A MAN OF HIS WORDS, POLICY AND INTEGRITY. HE CARED ABOUTH OUR COUNTRY AND PUT POLITICS BEHIND OUR NATION AND EQUALITY FOR ALL. HIS DEATH DID HIT ME LIKE THAT OF HIS LATE MAJESTY AND MAY THEIR SOULS REST IN PEACE. IF THERE IS ANY REPUBLICAN THAT I CAN CALL CALL A FRIEND, IT IS THE LATE SENATOR.

First, lemme say I wish the best to McCains children.
Now, as far as the Senator:
he obstructed the attempts to deal seriously with the POW/MIA issues and that left many veterans here in the U.S.quite surprised and unhappy.
he was constantly urging military action against one nation and then another.
the guy was a warmonger and there would have been attacks on even more nations if he had his way.
Like some other politicians, apparently intervening in other nations affairs was a game to them. And the suffering of people meant nothing to them. And, what business is it of these war peddlers to demand this and that from any nation? Look at what the Mid-East looks like with the weird American foreign policy. Not good. It is the opposite of human rights. That's no surprise, cause these politicians don't have a conscience. What more can one say...

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