U.S. senator John McCain dies after battle with brain cancer

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Biden's book is about his late son Beau, and his battle against the very same brain cancer that afflicted McCain. His office confirmed his death in a statement.

The decorated politician's family said they are "immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the a year ago, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John's many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers". Fact is. he had surpassed expectations for survival.

His family had previously said he had ended medical treatment for the condition, revealing that "the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict".

Meghan continued "all that I am is thanks to him".

His daughter Meghan said she would love her father forever in an emotional statement posted on Twitter.

From overseas, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said McCain's "lifetime of public service" was "an inspiration to millions", while NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he would be remembered as an "Atlanticist" and NATO supporter.

"For some reason it was not my time then, and I do believe that therefore because of that, that I was meant to do something", he said in a 1989 interview. "Now, we're going to do what we can, get the best doctors we can find, and do the best we can".

Palin went on to break with McCain on many issues, and establish herself as a key figure on the party's hard-right.

Former vice president Joe Biden, who developed a friendship with Mr McCain while they served together in the Senate, said the Arizona politician will "cast a long shadow".

On Saturday, McCain's wife tweeted, "My heart is broken".

Known as a "maverick" by some, the senator was often at odds with his own party.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called McCain a "fascinating personality". The dramatic move shocked his fellow Republicans, who thought repeal was a done deal. Far from it. The bill's authors are my dear friends, and I think the world of them. "We could not have made it this far without you - you've given us strength to carry on".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli politicians on Sunday hailed US Sen. The Arizona senator and decorated war hero was 81.

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McCain withdrew his support to Trump's candidacy after he was heard bragging about sexually assaulting women in a recording that was made public just before the elections.

He could also be volcanic, especially about causes dear to him: the armed forces, American exceptionalism and, in his later years, the threat posed by Russia's Vladimir Putin, whom he branded "a murderer and a thug".

He frequently criticized other Trump administration policies, including the decision to prosecute all those who illegally crossed the border to enter the US - a policy which resulted in children being separated from their parents at the border. In 2000, McCain lost a GOP presidential primary to now-former President George W. Bush. He ran again in 2008, this time with Sarah Palin as a running mate.

"John McCain was one of them", Schumer said.

McCain followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, taking his place at the Naval Academy in 1954.

Only three months later, on October 26, 1967, McCain's plane was shot down over North Vietnam.

He broke both arms and a leg in the crash.

During a 1967 bombing run over Hanoi, McCain's plane was shot down, almost killing him. Four years later he was elected to the Senate, and he was re-elected five times.

Eventually, he recovered from injuries and infection, only to spend two years in solitary confinement, where he used codes to communicate with other prisoners.

He suffered, as the nation suffered, from the morass of Vietnam.

Grainy black and white video shows the wounded the pilot parachuting into Truc Bach Lake where was captured and beaten by the North Vietnamese who brought him ashore.

The governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, will appoint a replacement for McCain, and by state law the appointee must be from the same party - in this case, a Republican.

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