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US Senator John McCain dies aged 81

US Senator John McCain dies aged 81

Presidents and U.S. politicians from both parties have honoured Senator John McCain's decades of service to his country following his death at the age of 81.

His family announced Mr McCain, who left Washington in December, had made a decision to stop treatment on Friday. The six-term Republican senator and one-time GOP presidential nominee has been away from Washington since December. Thank you for all your continued support and prayers.

Final details of the service were not released as of Sunday morning.

Earlier this summer, Mr McCain issued a blistering statement criticising Mr Trump's meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Former presidents, including those who blocked McCain's own White House ambitions, offered emotional tributes.

McCain said in September that his doctors had given him a "very poor prognosis".

"We saw our political battles, even, as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world". And to me, he was a friend whom I'll deeply miss.

McCain reportedly disinvited to Trump to his funeral, but encouraged former presidents to attend.

McCain's death marks the end of an extraordinary life in which the son and grandson of two Navy admirals rose from the bottom of his class at the U.S. Naval Academy to almost winning the presidency.

Only three months later, on October 26, 1967, McCain's plane was shot down over North Vietnam. He went on to win a seat in the House and in 1986, the Senate, where he served for the rest of his life.

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With a strong presence in the Senate, McCain's next goal was the Oval Office.

"He also had a wicked sense of humour and it made every tense moment come out better".

The former Alaska governor also downplayed the revelation in McCain's 2018 memoir, The Restless Wave, that he wished he had chosen Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman as his VP running mate instead of her. Palin, who previously attributed the "gut punch" line in the book to ghostwriters, revealed that McCain had never said such a thing to her and that the two had kept in touch over the years despite their differences and failed campaign.

"And the spirit that drove him was never extinguished: we are here to commit ourselves to something bigger than ourselves". However, McCain stated in a 2017 interview with "60 Minutes" that he'd like his service to be held at the Naval Academy.

McCain, who had served in the Senate since 1987, died Saturday at 81.

"As you go through life, you meet few truly great people".

US President Donald Trump, who clashed bitterly with McCain and in recent weeks had refused to mention him by name, tweeted a brief statement on Saturday.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who's one of McCain's closest friends, said on Twitter that Cindy McCain "remains steadfast and is traveling every step of the way on this hard journey", and the "love provided by Meghan and the McCain children to their father has been comforting to witness". "He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best".

In a lengthy statement, his daughter Meghan wrote, "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 long. He showed us that boundless patriotism and self-sacrifice are not outdated concepts or cliches, but the building blocks of an extraordinary life". Liberman recalled that in a recent meeting with McCain, the senator showed him a photo of his time in captivity and told him that "even despite my awful suffering I never wavered in my commitment to the values of freedom and justice".

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