Senator John McCain, the Vietnam war hero turned senator and presidential candidate, has died aged 81.
Mr McCain died on Saturday surrounded by his family, a short statement released by his office said.
He was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in July 2017 and had been undergoing medical treatment.
From a war hero who was tortured after his capture in Vietnam to presidential candidate, John McCain was probably one of the most high profile American politicians of recent times, not least for constantly opposing his own party on matters such as Obamacare.
Considered by many in his own party to be far too liberal, he was known to have an explosive temper, but those who worked for him were very loyal to him and that is telling.
Trump may have mocked him during his presidential campaign for getting captured, but unlike Trump, he conducted himself with gravitas and honour, but his main problem was of money. He never could've been president as he was always either standing up against a Bush, who were very well funded or Obama, also well funded. Money talks over there.
Although he supported Bush's war in Iraq, he opposed the aftermath strongly and as head of the senate's foreign relation committee, he took a very aggressive stance against Putin. If had become president, he would've confronted Putin over his invasion of Ukraine unlike Obama. But unlike Bush, Ukraine never would've happened to begin with because he would've confronted Putin over his slaughter in Chechnya right when Putin began his killing sprees. The world would've been a very different place...
I sent him a few messages over Putin and he always replied with phrases like leopards don't change their spots and they need to be confronted before they bite you. I agree.
RIP John McCain.