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War Hero And Senate Icon, John McCain Dies At 81

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 19: Committee chairman Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) listen to testimony during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing concerning the roles and responsibilities for defending the nation against cyber attacks, on Capitol Hill, October 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. Rob Joyce, the Trump administration’s cybersecurity coordinator and member of the National Security Council, was invited to testify but did not appear at the hearing. Committee chairman Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) accused the White House of blocking Joyce’s appearance before the committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. Sen. John McCain, a no-nonsense Vietnam War hero who confounded political friends and foes alike by intermittently challenging and championing Republican Party orthodoxy during more than three decades representing Arizona in the House and Senate, died Saturday at his home in Arizona. He was 81.

McCain, who was diagnosed last year with an aggressive form of brain cancer that had kept him away from the Senate since mid-December, died just one day after his family announced he would end his treatment for brain cancer. He would have turned 82 on Aug. 29.

His daughter, Meghan McCain, said in a statement that her father “was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth for so very long.”

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