McCain was first diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2017 after a routine exam revealed a blood clot over his left eye. During surgery to remove the blood clot, doctors found an aggressive tumor called glioblastoma.
Despite his diagnosis, the Republican Senator continued his work in the Senate, where one of his most notable and final moves was to help derail the Republicans effort to repeal Obamacare.
John McCain was born on August 29, 1936, at a U.S. air base in the Panama Canal Zone. McCain followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and joined the Navy where he served as a fighter pilot and served aboard several aircraft carriers in the 1960s. In October 1967, McCain’s plan was shot down while he was flying over Hanoi in Northern Vietnam on a bombing mission. He was held captive for five and a half years. During his imprisonment, he was subject to interrogations and repeated beatings.
After his release in 1973, McCain became the Navy’s liaison to the Senate and later ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, a seat that he won in 1982. Four years later, McCain was elected to the Senate where he served six terms.
In 1999, John McCain ran for president, but lost to George W. Bush. He ran again in 2008 and won the Republican nomination, but ultimately lost the presidential race to Barack Obama.
Following his death on Saturday (August 25), John McCain’s wife, Cindy, and daughter, Meghan, issued tweets remembering their beloved husband and father.
In an interview with CNN last year, John McCain was asked how he hoped to be remembered. He replied, “He served his country. And not always right, made a lot of mistakes. Made a lot of errors. But served his country, and I hope you could add honorably.”
Senator John McCain is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cindy, seven children, and five grandchildren.