Iconic politician and fighter for the American people Senator John McCain has sadly died.
The Maverick passed away with his family by his side at his Arizona ranch at the age of 81.
McCain was a war hero who was tortured and endured unspeakable pain for his country and fellow soldiers.
Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton remembered him. Hillary Clinton joined in the chorus of praises for her former friend. Michelle Obama also had some kind words.
Mr. and Mrs. Clinton said in a statement: “Few of us have been tested the way John once was or required to show the kind of courage that he did. But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good about our own. At John’s best, he showed us what that means. And for that, we are all in his debt.”
The Obamas shared: “Senator John McCain believed that every citizen has a responsibility to make something of the freedoms given by our Constitution, and from his heroic service in the Navy to his 35 years in Congress, he lived by his creed every day,”
They added: “He was a skilled, tough politician, as well as a trusted colleague alongside whom Hillary was honored to serve in the Senate. He frequently put partisanship aside to do what he thought was best for the country, and was never afraid to break the mold if it was the right thing to do. I will always be especially grateful for his leadership in our successful efforts to normalize relations with Vietnam. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Cindy, his mother, Roberta, his children, and his entire family.”
Despite the heartache, McCain‘s wife, Cindy, took to Twitter on Saturday to pay tribute to the warrior who passed away after a battle with cancer.
She wrote: “My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived, on his terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best.”
While many disagreed profoundly with McCain on certain issues, he was a man who lived for his country and gave to it like only a few have in their lifetime.