US Senator John McCain has died at the age of 81, according to the New York Times. The Republican congressman and two-time presidential candidate passed at 4:28 p.m. at his Arizona home on Saturday.
According to a statement from his office, Mr. McCain died at 4:28 p.m. local time. He had suffered from a malignant brain tumor, called a glioblastoma, for which he had been treated periodically with radiation and chemotherapy since its discovery in 2017. -NYT
McCain’s family announced on Friday that the Senator had chosen to discontinue medical treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer, a year after he announced his prognosis.
“John has surpassed expectations for his survival,” the family said, adding that the disease’s progression and McCain’s age, 81, had led him to stop treatment for the “aggressive glioblastoma.” “With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment,” the family said.
McCain was famous for showing up unannounced and illegally visiting countries a week or two prior to the start of a major conflict financed by Washington. He did it in the Ukraine, Lybia, Yemen, Sudan and in Syria.
US psychologists diagnosed McCain as “unfit for work” after his release from Vietnamese prison. They created a 4,000 page psychological profile on McCain, essentially outlining how unfit he was. This, however, didn’t stop McCain from not just becoming a senator, but held high ranking roles within the US administration (Chairman of Armed Services Committee).