PM Modi Condoles US Senator John McCain's Death

US Senator John McCain dies aged 81

Republican Sen. John McCain, an internationally renowned Vietnam War hero who served for 30 years in the Senate representing Arizona, died Saturday due to complications stemming from brain cancer.

McCain ran for president in 2000, but ultimately lost the Republican primary to George W. Bush. I've known great passions, seen incredible wonders, fought in a war, and helped make a peace.

"I made a small place for myself in the story of America and the history of my times".

McCain was finally released on March 14, 1973 but the effects of the crash and torture were evident in his everyday life from that day forward. with a visible limp when he walked and his inability to raise either arm above his shoulders.

"He was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth", said Meghan McCain, one of the late senator's seven children - three of them from a previous marriage.

Near the driveway to his ranch a sign read "Sen McCain, thank you for your service".

The flags at the Arizona Capitol were lowered to half staff in McCain's honor Saturday evening.

His family said he would lie in state in Phoenix, Arizona, and in Washington DC before a funeral at the Washington National Cathedral and his burial in Annapolis, Maryland. However, McCain stated in a 2017 interview with "60 Minutes" that he'd like his service to be held at the Naval Academy. Dates for the events have not yet been announced.

Known for his combustible temper, he accused the 45th president of "naivete", "egotism" and of sympathising with autocrats. He made a decisive vote a year ago that killed Republican attempts to repeal Obama's health care reforms, and Trump never forgave him.

McCain also adamantly lobbied against Russian Federation and China - policies which some Twitter users found confrontational and potentially disastrous.

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The president, who mocked McCain's capture in Vietnam during the 2016 campaign, jabbed at the senator even after his illness for voting against Republican efforts to roll back President Barack Obama's health care law.

He tweeted: 'My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain.

The ticket failed to gain lasting traction in the face of an inspiring Obama campaign, especially following a financial crash in the fall of 2008 while George W. Bush was president.

Jimmy Kimmel wrote, "America lost a real hero today. Americans will be forever grateful for his heroic military service and for his steadfast integrity as a member of the United States Senate...." When his plane was shot down, he spent more than five years as a prisoner of war. Before joining the upper chamber, he served as a United States representative from 1983 to 1987.

Flake also said that he "admired" McCain's dramatic "no" vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act in July of past year despite voting the other way, as well as McCain's emphasis on senators working together across party lines.

During his cancer treatment, McCain kept tabs on Washington from his Arizona home, where old friends and colleagues, including former Vice President Joe Biden, visited to check up on McCain and provide support. John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs.

Hailing him as a "truth-teller" with "unsurpassed" dedication to the USA and its military, the top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said he would seek to rename a Senate building in his honor.

"John McCain was a true American hero".

Across the Pacific, the China Daily referred to him as a "titan of American politics" and "conscience of the Republican party". In perhaps his last signature political moment, McCain cast a dramatic vote against his party to stop the repeal of Obamacare, coming to the floor in the middle of the vote before pausing and pointing his right thumb down.

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