Published: Sun, September 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

US Senator John McCain dies age 82 after battle with brain cancer

US Senator John McCain dies age 82 after battle with brain cancer

John McCain, R-Ariz., at North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Phoenix. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call) Members of the different services were bearers of McCain's casket into the Capitol. "We'd talk about promise - the promise of America".

Meanwhile, the church's senior pastor, Noe Garcia, said Mr McCain was "a true American hero".

"The way I look at it, the way I thought about it was that I always thought of John as a brother", Biden said.

Nearly a quarter of McCain's fellow senators, Democrats and Republicans, traveled to Arizona to remember him during a carefully executed program that began at the Arizona State Capitol, continued to the Baptist church where he worshiped and ended at the Phoenix airport, where hundreds of Arizona National Guardsmen gave him one final salute. "That took my son Beau's life - is brutal, relentless, unforgiving", Biden said.

"I had the honor of visiting Senator McCain about 6 weeks ago in Arizona with his wonderful wife Cindy...." He spoke about the great loss he's experienced in his life - the death of his first wife and daughter in a vehicle accident, and the recent death of his son, Beau.

With family, friends, scores of former aides and 1,000 average Arizonans in the audience, McCain was eulogized by figures of all political persuasions from former Vice President Joe Biden, to his former chief of staff and potential successor Grant Woods to Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

The music chosen for the recession is Frank Sinatra's signature My Way, paying tribute to a man who became known for following his own path based on his personal principles.

Two White House officials said McCain's family had asked, before the senator's death, that Trump not attend the funeral services.

A hearse carrying the casket of U.S. Sen.

Thursday's service ended two days of mourning for the six-term senator in his home state.

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McCain began his career as a naval bomber pilot and he survived five-and-a-half years as a Vietnam prisoner of war. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called McCain a "fascinating personality". "God bless John McCain ".

After it ends, McCain's body will be taken to Sky Harbor International Airport and flown to Washington D.C., where it will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol building before a funeral service featuring former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

McCain chose a Russian dissident as a pallbearer after Trump repeatedly expressed his affinity and admiration for Russian strongman Vladimir Putin - praise that came amid special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

A few firefighters saluted from atop a fire engine parked on an overpass when the 11-vehicle motorcade with a 17-motorcycle police escort passed underneath on Interstate 17.

"We both loved the Senate".

Guests included former secretary of state Henry Kissinger, riding in a wheelchair at age 95; the actor Warren Beatty, a McCain friend; and former senator Joe Lieberman, who in 2008 McCain came close to naming as his running mate.

Seated beside her granddaughter Meghan McCain, she held the young woman's hand and appeared to comfort her as she wept.

John McCain said goodbye to the man who was an American hero in the eyes of many and synonymous with the Grand Canyon State.

None of the speakers at the North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday uttered Trump's name.

Biden, who got to know McCain when he served as a Navy liason for the Senate, recalled traveling around the world with the future Arizona senator in the 1970s as part of his duties on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Dermer wrote on Twitter on Sunday, "Deeply saddened to hear the news about the passing of Senator John McCain, a great friend of Israel and a great champion of the US-Israel alliance".

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