From ABC News: John Sidney McCain III, a Vietnam War hero with more than 35 years of public service and who became one of the most distinctive figures in modern American politics, died Saturday at his home in Arizona. He was 81. He was also a six-term Republican senator and was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee facing Barack Obama.
By chance, the Arizona senator died on the ninth anniversary of the death of his longtime friend and fellow senator, Ted Kennedy. He was diagnosed with the same type of cancer –glioblastoma — in May 2008 and died Aug. 25, 2009.
With McCain’s death, the last Vietnam vet disappears from the U.S. Senate, reports the AJC’s Jim Galloway
The Arizona Republic reports that McCain “was expected to lie in state in both Arizona and Washington, D.C., where he split his time. He will also have a church service in each city. Information will be updated on johnmccain.com, his former campaign website.”
Statement from U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson:
“John McCain has left an example for all of us of what it takes to be an American patriot. His willingness to reach out to all to do what is right inspires us to work to find common ground. His life and work have left their indelible mark on history, and we all owe John a lot. May God bless John and his family.”
Isakson and McCain have served together in the U.S. Senate since 2005. As chairmen of the Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs and Armed Services, Isakson and McCain have worked closely together to improve care for veterans and ensure a seamless transition for service members from the U.S. Department of Defense to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Isakson also endorsed McCain in the primary of his 2008 presidential election bid and campaigned with him in Georgia.
From U.S. Sen. David Perdue:
“American patriot is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of John McCain. He dedicated his life to serving the country he loved so much and for that we will be eternally grateful. His wit, wisdom, and leadership will be missed in the United States Senate – especially on the Armed Services Committee. Bonnie and I send our heartfelt prayers to Cindy, their children, and the entire McCain family during this very difficult time.”
From Gov. Nathan Deal:
“I had the honor of serving in Congress with Sen. John McCain, where I witnessed firsthand his character and enduring patriotism. This American hero will be missed, but his lifetime of public service will long be remembered. Sandra and I send our deepest condolences to his family.”
From Former President Jimmy Carter:
“John McCain was a man of honor, a true patriot in the best sense of the world. Americans will be forever grateful for his heroic military service and for his steadfast integrity as a member of the United States Senate. Rosalynn and I extend our sincere condolences to Senator McCain’s family and to the people of Arizona whom he represented so forthrightly for so many years.”