U.S. Senator John McCain dies at 81

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McCain ran twice for President.

U.S. Republican Sen. John McCain, who spent six years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, has died after battling brain cancer. He passed the following day in the presence of his family at their home in Corneville, Arizona. "God bless and thank you all".

That began a five-and-a-half-year nightmare inside a prison where Vietnamese soldiers, upon learning that McCain was the son of an admiral, set out to use him for propaganda purposes.

McCain will lie in state in both Phoenix, Arizona, and in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., and will receive a full dress funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral before being buried in Annapolis, Maryland, his family said.

Senator John McCain, left, with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on March 19, 2008. Our hearts and prayers are with you!'

Previous year - in what would be his last global trip - the United States Studies Centre in Sydney hosted an address by Senator McCain.

During the ceremony Trump praised Rep. Martha McSally as "terrific", but did not once mention McCain, even though the event was in his honor. In 1986, he would go on to win an Arizona Senate seat.

July 28, 2017: At around 1:30 am, McCain enters the Senate chamber and, with a dramatic thumbs down gesture, casts the deciding vote against the partial repeal of the Obamacare health law, torpedoing one of Trump's central campaign promises.

In a lengthy statement, his daughter Meghan wrote, "My father's passing comes with sorrow and grief for me, for my mother, for my brothers, and for my sisters".

The ticket failed to gain lasting traction in the face of an inspiring Obama campaign, especially following a financial crash in the fall of 2008 while George W. Bush was president.

Senator McCain quickly pivoted, noting the US-Australia alliance rests on more than nostalgia for our shared sacrifice, but animated by our hopes for the future, by the common belief that "our destinies are inseparable from the character of the broader world order".

He was born on August 29, 1936, at a naval station in the Panama Canal Zone to naval officer John S. McCain Jr., and Roberta.

Speaking to CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" last September, shortly after he went public with his prognosis, McCain said he was "very happy" with his life and what he has "been able to do".

As a young politician he was tempted by the lure of power and money, caught up in an influence-peddling scandal that almost cost him his career.

'3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down.

"I have long believed that Jerusalem is the true capital of Israel", he wrote in a statement on his website after the announcement.

McCain's life was punctuated by wild highs and lows, from the horrific conditions he endured for almost 2,000 days as a prisoner of war to subsequent professional successes that brought him to the forefront of American politics. He was fiercely independent until the end, defying Donald Trump on numerous occasions.

"Senator John McCain's remarkable record of leadership embodies his unwavering lifetime commitment to service".

With no more elections to run, since 2016, he was a rare and outspoken Republican critic of President Donald Trump. McCain said that upon capture he was beaten by an angry mob and bayoneted in the groin.

In his 2018 memoir, "The Restless Wave", he lamented the current political climate of hyperpartisanship and emphasized the importance of compromise in governance.

'His lack of empathy for refugees, innocent, persecuted, desperate men, women, and children, is disturbing, ' the book read.