US Senator John McCain dies aged 81
Senator John McCain, the Vietnam war hero turned senator and presidential candidate, has died aged 81.
McCain died on Saturday surrounded by his family, according to a short statement released by his office.
He was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in July 2017 and had been undergoing medical treatment.
His family announced McCain, who left Washington in December, had decided to stop treatment on Friday.
John McCain was born on the eve of World War II, at the dawn of the “American Century” – a time when the US was at the peak of its political, military and cultural power. He dies at what could be considered that age’s twilight, as the nation turns inward and contemplates walls, literal and metaphorical, to insulate itself from the rest of this world.
The life of the senator from Arizona marked the arc of this journey.