US Senator John McCain dies aged 81

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Earlier in the morning on Saturday, Cindy McCain said on Twitter that the "entire McCain family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from around the world". It was announced on August 24 that after battling brain cancer for more than a year, McCain would be ending medical treatment.

"The progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict", the 81-year-old senator's loved ones said in a statement. Along with his longtime friend, the equally camera-friendly Lindsey Graham (R-SC), McCain was a persistent advocate for increased defense spending and aggressive US military action.

Following Trump's recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, McCain caustically described the U.S. leader's behavior as "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

And when he heard Trump's accommodating words toward Russian President Vladimir Putin when the two met in July in Helsinki, he could contain himself no longer.

Speaking of Trump, while he was dodging the draft and refusing to serve his country during the war in Vietnam, McCain was a prisoner of war from 1967 to 1973.

The ill will grew after McCain voted in 2017 against a Republican replacement for the Obama-era health law.

Over the past three years, McCain has been attacked by Trump. He doesn't mention McCain by name but makes clear his intent by mockingly imitating the thumbs-down gesture.

The patent contempt the two men displayed for each other showed no sign of fading, even as McCain continued to weaken.

But Trump was not the only GOP president to feel the wrath of McCain's vengeance. Russ Feingold (D-WI) the infamous McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002, limiting political speech in the run-up to national elections.

He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1982 and the Senate in 1986.

McCain had recently chose to discontinue medical treatment. Likely because of his willingness to publicly call out members of his own party, the opposition had little bad to say about him. John McCain a "giant", an "icon" and an "American hero". He was re-elected to the upper chamber five times, serving 31 years until an aggressive form of brain cancer led to his demise.

John Boockvar, director of the Brain Tumor Center at Lenox Hill Hospital in NY, said the type of cancer is "incurable". Edward M. Kennedy at age 77 in 2009.

McCain rebounded quickly, however, returning to Washington and entering the Senate in late July to a standing ovation from his colleagues. John McCain's Arizona ranch.

He is a long-term survivor of melanoma, a deadly skin cancer. But doctors classified his brain cancer as a "primary tumour", meaning it's not related to his former malignancies.

He ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, then won it in 2008.

A sign reads "Senator McCain thank you for your service" with American flags next to it to honor the military veteran.

Asked how he wanted to be remembered, McCain said: "That I made a major contribution to the defence of the nation". "My prayers are with Senator McCain and his loved ones". "Today I am praying for him and his family". He later called McCain a "unique American" who made "every tense moment come out better". His heroism inspires, his life shapes our character. Always. He was also a friend, and someone I looked to for counsel.