Senator John McCain Has Died After Bout With Brain Cancer

Updated 9:19pm

Former President Barack Obama issued the following statement regarding the passing of John McCain.

“John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics.  But we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher – the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike fought, marched, and sacrificed. We saw our political battles, even, as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world.  We saw this country as a place where anything is possible – and citizenship as our patriotic obligation to ensure it forever remains that way.  Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did.  But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own.  At John’s best, he showed us what that means.  And for that, we are all in his debt.  Michelle and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family.”

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Arizona (August 25, 2018) Republican Senator John McCain died Saturday at the age of 81.The former presidential nominee and war hero served in Congress for more than 30-years.  He was held captive for more than five years during the Vietnam War and was a staunch opponent of the use of torture by the United States throughout his political career. McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2017.  His office confirmed his death in a statement.  “With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family, it read.  “At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.”

McCain was the senior senator from Arizona and a former republican presidential nominees.  He served in congress for 35 years and most recently was the chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee.  Often called the “Maverick,” McCain was known for his no-nonsense style and willingness to speak his mind.  Despite his diagnosis last year, McCain continued to serve in the Senate as he received treatment.  He could be seen attending votes in a wheelchair.  McCain had been absent from Washington for much of this year and just yesterday his family announced that he was ending treatment for his cancer.  “In the year since his diagnosis, John has surpassed expectations for his survival.  But the progress of sisease and inexorable advance of age render their verdict,” the family said in a statement.

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Renee Nash, Director of Information and Public Affairs for WHUR, is a well-respected journalist who has covered a range of issues from local and national politics, to healthcare reform and civil rights. She has also spearheaded numerous award-winning projects including radiothons, town hall meetings and food and clothing drives. Over her 25-year career at WHUR, she has been a writer, reporter, producer and anchor. Renee serves on the boards of many organizations including the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation and Sisters of Hope. She is the proud mom of Dominique and Delante.

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