Just one day after he stopped accepting treatment for his brain cancer, John McCain has died at the age of 81.
From his wife:
My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best.— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) August 26, 2018
And his daughter:
RIP John McCain.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 26, 2018
Per John McCain's office, the Senator passed away at 4:28 this afternoon pic.twitter.com/eo10jKUnka— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) August 26, 2018
A true American hero. RIP John McCain— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) August 26, 2018
Senator McCain passed away about an hour ago surrounded by the family he loved so much. He was 81. May his memory be a blessing. pic.twitter.com/UdbB8G9wM7— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) August 26, 2018
This was from yesterday, but I liked what Palin said:
Prayers for @SenJohnMcCain and his family at this most trying time 🙏🏻 May comfort and peace envelope them. May my friend sense appreciation for his inspiration to serve something greater than self 🙏🏻🇺🇸 - Sarah Palin pic.twitter.com/5KbI3IpUel— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) August 24, 2018
UPDATE: This is a good sentiment from Lindsey Graham, one of McCain’s best friends:
America and Freedom have lost one of her greatest champions.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 26, 2018
….And I’ve lost one of my dearest friends and mentor.
UPDATE: Trump tweets:
My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018
Obama released a statement:
UPDATE: Here’s a very poignant message from the man about his own life:
“I’ve had the good fortune to spend 60 years in service to this wondrous land,” he said. “It has not been perfect service, to be sure, and there were probably times when the country might have benefited from a little less of my help.
“But I’ve tried to deserve the privilege as best I can, and I’ve been repaid a thousand times over with adventures, with good company, and with the satisfaction of serving something more important than myself, of being a bit player in the extraordinary story of America,” he said. “And I am so very grateful.”
Here’s Fox News:
UPDATE: I was alerted to this bizarre coincidence from a commentor:
Today is the ninth anniversary of the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy, from the same brain cancer that has taken John McCain.— Rosalind Helderman (@PostRoz) August 26, 2018
That is really remarkable. There’s another historical anomaly like this one in U.S. history. Making this even more odd.
I know many here disagreed with him often (I did too), but this is a time to respect the service he paid, and not try to collect on petty grudges.
Rest in peace, Senator.