Senator John McCain, the political Iroko on Capitol Hill dies at 81

Senator John Sidney McCain on Saturday succumbed to brain cancer.

McCain, survived years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam to become a leading actor in American politics.   In a statement, McCain’s office wrote that the Arizona senator died at 4:28 p.m., where he was accompanied by his wife, Cindy, and their family.

“At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years,” McCain’s office wrote.

McCain’s death from brain cancer came more than a year after he announced he had the condition in July of 2017. On Friday, I reported that his family announced that he had chosen to discontinue medical treatment for an aggressive gioblastoma because the “progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age” had rendered “their verdict.”

He bows out at the age of 81.

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