Arizona Sen. John McCain, 81, a one-time Republican presidential candidate and high-profile personality in American politics, has died.
McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer and seeking medical treatment since July 2017 has died today at 4:28 p.m., said his office in public statement. McCain passed one day after the McCain family announced that he was discontinuing further medical treatment.
McCain was best known for surviving 5 ½ years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and for rising to be one of the most recognizable personalities in politics, which earned him the well-deserved nickname, maverick. His maverick personality was likely derived as a result of experiences from the three plane crashes, a career-threatening political scandal, two failed attempts at the White House, and a legislative record that had as many failures and successes.
McCain dedicated more than thirty years of his life to representing his adopted home state of Arizona in Congress. As a conservative, he earned the reputation for standing firm in his belief even if it went against his party.
“John never took the easy path in life — and through sacrifice and suffering he inspired others to serve something greater than self,” Palin wrote in a statement on Twitter Saturday, calling McCain “an American original.”
McCain’s last notable moment in Congress came in July 2017 when he cast the decisive vote that killed the seven year effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. McCain marched onto the Senate floor and stood with his arm extended for several seconds, waiting for the attention of those in the room. Moments after, he raised his thumb upward and then turned his hand forcefully downward, indicating a “no” vote, single-handedly killing the long sought after repeal effort.
Despite not reaching the highest office in the land, the White House, McCain always seemed grateful for all of the opportunities he was given.
See Sen. John McCain’s Family Statement regarding his passing below: