After battling brain cancer for over a year, Senator John McCain has died at the age of 81. A short statement released by his office said he died at home in Arizona, surrounded by his family.
On Capitol Hill, McCain became close friends with Senator Lindsey Graham and former senator Joe Lieberman - a trio dubbed the "Three Amigos". "With the senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family", his office said in a statement.
"I was with my father at his end, as he was with me at my beginning", she wrote.
The president's statement comes after the two Republican leaders maintained a strained relationship since Trump suggested in 2015 the Vietnam veteran and prisoner of war was not a war hero.
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"First elected to Congress during the Reagan Revolution, he championed the strong national defense that he knew would help ensure the survival of freedom and liberty across the globe".
"The entire McCain family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from around the world. May he rest in peace".
Months before his death, McCain reportedly asked his son-in-law Ben Domenech to "take care of Meghan". She defended him on her show, in interviews and on Twitter as President Donald Trump and his allies hurled insults at the senator over differing political views.
"Some lives are so vivid, it is hard to imagine them ended", Mr.
Mr. Bush issued a statement hailing McCain as a "a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order". He was a public servant in the finest traditions of our country. "God bless and thank you all".