(Phoenix, AZ) — Arizona Senator John McCain is dead at the age of 81. His office announced he died this afternoon. The McCain family announced yesterday that he was stopping medical treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer. He began chemotherapy treatment in July 2017 and has been absent from Washington since December. He spent the remaining time at his ranch near Sedona, Arizona. McCain, known as a moderate conservative, was a retired Navy captain and POW during the Vietnam War. He was the Republican nominee for President in 2008, losing to Barack Obama.
Update: (Phoenix, AZ) — Leading members of both political parties are mourning the death of Senator John McCain. The Republican candidate for President in 2008 died at age 81 Saturday at his ranch near Sedona, Arizona. The retired Navy captain and former POW during the Vietnam War served two terms in the U.S. House before being elected to the Senate in 1986. A conservative who was willing to break with his own party, McCain often clashed with the Obama administration on foreign policy matters. He became chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2015. He had a series of health setbacks in recent years, including a diagnosis of brain cancer in July of 2017. McCain is survived by wife Cindy; daughter Meghan; son John McCain the Fourth; and three children from his previous marriage.
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