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

US Senator John McCain dies aged 81

It was in July of this year that McCain was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, also claimed the life of former senator Ted Kennedy. His office confirmed his death in a statement.

His family had announced that Mr McCain, who left Washington in December, had chose to stop treatment on Friday.

"In the year since (his diagnosis), John has surpassed expectations for his survival", the family said Friday.

He had recently announced his decision to discontinue treatment. There was an outpouring of tributes and condolences from Ukraine on Sunday, a country that saw McCain as one of its strongest American supporters in its ongoing conflict with adversary Russian Federation. "He put country before self", Ryan said. "Now, we're going to do what we can, get the best doctors we can find, and do the best we can".

But a review of McCain's life shows that his story is one of survival.

USA partners in the region stressed McCain's long-time commitment in their responses Sunday.

He was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center in December after experiencing side effects from his therapy.

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Former vice-president, long-time friend and political opponent Joe Biden said Mr McCain's "impact on America hasn't ended".

Cindy, his wife, thanked all those who offered their support, adding that her heart is "broken".

In her own statement, Meghan praised her father for inspiring her.

Trump has frequently criticised McCain for voting against a 2017 plan in the Senate to replace the so-called Obamacare law. The dramatic move shocked his fellow Republicans, who thought repeal was a done deal. "I mean, why do you think we're rock stars?" We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. "Even in times of political turmoil such as these, we share that awesome heritage and the responsibility to embrace it".

With no more elections to run, since 2016, he was a rare and outspoken Republican critic of President Donald Trump.

McCain found Putin's growing influence on the world stage particularly worrisome.

Hillary Clinton said of the late senator: "He was a tough politician, a trusted colleague, and there will simply never be another like him" while Maxine Waters tweeted, "A true American patriot & hero has passed".

Below are some of the reactions to death of the veteran politician who stood against Barack Obama in 2008.

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Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said McCain was "one of Israel's biggest friends".

But in one last display of bipartisanship, McCain selected both Obama and George W Bush to read eulogies at his service.

As a pilot with the U.S. Navy, he began combat duty at the age of 30.

A police escort accompanied the hearse that carried his body, as a fiery sunset cast its last light over the rustic countryside McCain loved dearly, and local residents came bearing flowers for the late political titan.

McCain entered the Naval Academy in 1954, soon after graduating from a prep school in Alexandria, VA. While on a mission in North Vietnam in 1967, his plane was shot down.

He was eventually taken to the infamous Hoa Lò Prison, better known as the Hanoi Hilton. On the ground he was beaten and stabbed with a bayonet by North Vietnamese soldiers. As a presidential candidate, Trump had belittled the former prisoner of war's years spent in captivity. He was not released until March of 1973. Others directly accused the deceased senator of pursuing his ideals at the cost of entire nations and wanting "to wipe Syria, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, and Vietnam off the map".

When Udall was struck down with Parkinson's disease, relegated to a hospital bed in Washington, it was McCain who visited him every few weeks.

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