Senator John McCain dies at age 81 as world leaders pay Tributes
U.S. Senator John McCain is dead,He died on Saturday afternoon with his wife Cindy and other family members at his bedside. “At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years,” said a statement from his office.
The former prisoner of war in Vietnam who ran for president in 2008,senator for Arizona for more than three decades, McCain had been suffering from glioblastoma, a brain cancer, since July 2017 and had not been at the U.S. Capitol this year.
But on Friday his family announced he had decided to discontinue that treatment.
A statement from his office on Saturday said Mr McCain died in Arizona surrounded by family members.
Earlier,John McCain reportedly barred U.S. President Donald Trump from attending his funeral when he dies.
The senator who organized his funeral and close associates have reportedly told the White House that Trump would not be invited.
The late senator who criticized Trump for disparaging Mexican immigrants in the June 2015 speech in which the president declared his candidacy said, his funeral ceremony would be held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
McCain was seen as one of the most respected U.S. politicians, who enjoys a cross-party goodwill among politicians.
Flags were flying at half-staff at the White House on Sunday morning, hours after Trump tweeted his “deepest sympathies and respect” to McCain’s family.
McCain will lie in state in both Phoenix, Arizona, and in the Capitol rotunda in Washington, D.C.
Tributes have continued to pour in from America’s past and present leaders, congressmen and world prime ministers.
U.S president Donald Trump, former US presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and former presidential aspirant Hilary Clinton have taken to Twitter to express their heartfelt condolences to the McCain family and America for Senator John McCain’s death.
Other world leaders including UK prime minister Theresa May and Israel’s prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have also shared their tributes.
Mr Obama said that despite being his Democratic rival, they shared the ideals “for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched and sacrificed”.
Sarah Palin, who was Mr McCain’s running mate during his 2008 presidential bid, said the world had lost “an American original”.