Senator John McCain dies at 81

Posted at 7:28 PM, Aug 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-25 23:50:46-04

Arizona Senator and war hero John McCain has died.

The office of Senator John McCain released the following statement today on his death:

“Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 pm on August 25, 2018. With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.”

Cindy McCain tweeted Saturday night.

McCain’s daughter later released this statement about her father.

The Arizona senator recently discontinued medical treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer, his family says.

President Trump tweeted this statement shortly after learning of his death.

Governor John Bel Edwards also released a statement on McCains death:

“Today, we lost one of our greatest statesmen. Sen. John McCain was an American hero. For sixty years he served this country with honor. His death is a great loss for our country. During his service, more than anything, John McCain always taught us to put country first. When I think back on his extraordinary career, I will remember him as a patriot who never stopped fighting for what he believed in. Donna and I join our prayers to those across the country who will mourn his loss and celebrate his life. Rest In Peace, Sen. McCain.”

Read more on McCain from the Associated Press.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Arizona Sen. John McCain, the war hero who became the GOP’s standard-bearer in the 2008 election, has died. He was 81.

His office says McCain died Saturday. He had battled brain cancer.

In 1967, his plane was shot down on a bombing mission over North Vietnam. He was severely injured and spent more than five years as a prisoner of war.

He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1982 and the Senate in 1986. A conservative on most issues, he pushed for campaign finance reform and the effort to account for those missing in Vietnam.

He ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, then won it in 2008. But he and running mate Sarah Palin lost to Barack Obama.

More Senators from Louisiana shared their condolences on the passing of Senator McCain: