Republican Senator John McCain has passed away, a day after his family announced he would no longer be continuing his brain cancer treatment.
The 81-year-old lawmaker was diagnosed with an aggressive form of a brain tumour last summer and had been undergoing treatment since July 2017.
On Friday, McCain’s family said in a statement: “Last year, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious.”
“In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict.
“With his usual strength of will, he has chosen to discontinue medical treatment”, the statement read.
The former Presidential aspirant, who survived five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, died on Saturday night, August 25 (US time).
Senator McCain is survived by his wife, Cindy, seven children and five grandchildren. He will be laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland.