The Passing of Senator John McCain

Jordan Felder, Editor

Not even a week after John McCain, a long-time senator from Arizona, decided to discontinue his brain cancer treatment, the senator passed at the age of 81 in his home state.

According to CBS News, just four days before the senator’s 82nd birthday, McCain died at 4:28 pm on August 25th, surrounded by his wife and family.

In July of 2017, McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a very aggressive form of brain cancer. According to a statement issued by his family, “He surpassed all living expectations that the doctors had estimated.”

But with the disease continuing to progress despite treatment, he made the choice to discontinue his treatment.

In September of 2017, McCain said in a statement on 60 Minutes, “I don’t believe the diagnosis changes me.”

McCain served as a senator from January 1987 until his death in August. A generally-conservative Republican who gained a reputation of a “maverick” when he disagreed with his party, McCain was also a war hero who spent five years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. He lives on in in the hearts of many governmental leaders and citizens.