John Sidney McCain III, the senior senator for Arizona and 2008 presidential hopeful, has passed away at the age of 81.
John was born on August 29, 1936, in the Coco Solo Naval Air Station within the Panama Canal Zone, which at the time was a US territory.
His father, John McCain Jr., and grandfather, John McCain Sr., were both admirals in the US Navy. It was only natural for John to follow in their footsteps and join the Naval Academy at Annapolis as a young man.
He served in the US Navy as a fighter pilot and became a prisoner of war in North Vietnam in 1967. He was held in an infamous prison known as the “Hanoi Hilton,” where he was subjected to severe torture that left him with lifelong health problems.
He was finally released in 1973 and continued serving in the Navy until 1981. Soon after, he shifted his focus to politics.
John was elected to the US House of Representatives for Arizona in 1982, then joined the US Senate in 1986.
The politician faced off against fellow senator Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election as the Republican nominee. He ended up losing the general election with 45.7% of the vote. Never faltering, he went on to become the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services in 2015.
In an unexpected turn of events, John was diagnosed with glioblastoma brain cancer after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye on July 14, 2017.
On August 24, 2018, John’s family announced that he decided to discontinue medical treatment. He passed away a day later.
John is survived by his wife, Cindy, and seven children, among them political commentator Meghan McCain.
His greatest feats and accomplishments will certainly not be forgotten. May he rest in peace.
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