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Senator John McCain has died

Washington, DC - Senator John McCain's Capitol Hill office has announced the 81-year lawmaker and Navy veteran has died at his Arizona home. A report was divulged shortly after 8 p.m. EDT.

McCain was the Republican Party's nominee for president in 2008. He was defeated by Illinois Senator Barack Obama. McCain had succeeded another GOP political legend and past presidential candidate--Barry Goldwater in 1986.

McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for over five years. He served Arizona for more than 30 years on Capitol Hill. The Arizona Republic reported that McCain died at 4:28 p.m. MST. His wife and other family members were with him.

McCain disclosed in July 2017 that he had been diagnosed with a deadly form of brain cancer called glioblastoma.

This evening, Maryland U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement regarding the passing of U.S. Senator John McCain:

“Senator John McCain was a statesman, a veteran, and an American hero. His passion and determination were unsurpassed in the U.S. Senate, and his moral compass was unfailing. The loss of Senator McCain will be felt deeply throughout the Senate and the country – where countless Americans have benefited from his service. My prayers go out to Senator McCain’s friends, family, and constituents during this time – you are in our hearts.”

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued the following statement Saturday evening upon learning of the death of U.S. Senator John McCain:

“Senator John McCain will forever remain one of most valiant heroes our country has ever known. He has long stood as a shining example of doing the right thing and standing up for his principles even – and especially – when the going gets tough.

“I am lucky to count myself among those privileged enough to have known him. All of us join Senator McCain’s family and colleagues in taking pride in his legacy of selfless service, grit, and determination. A grateful nation will be forever in his debt.

“The First Lady and I hold his wife Cindy, his family, and all those who knew and admired him in our prayers, and join them in mourning the loss of a true American hero who I was deeply honored to know.”

President Donald Trump posted his condolences on Twitter: "My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!"

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