U.S. Senator and Statesman, John McCain has died at 81

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The Liberian Billboard International Desk- United States Senator from Arizona and former Presidential candidate John McCain has died.

Senator McCain passed away at his home in Arizona on Saturday surrounded by his family. McCain was a naval bomber, an icon in the American Senate, two times defeated Presidential candidate, prisoner or war, strong conservative and an American hero.

He wrote in a memoir published in May that hated to leave the world, but no complaints. “It’s been quite a ride. I’ve known great passions, seen amazing wonders, fought in a war, and helped make peace,” McCain wrote. “I’ve lived very well and I’ve been deprived of all comforts. I’ve been as lonely as a person can be and I’ve enjoyed the company of heroes. I’ve suffered the deepest despair and experienced the highest exultation. I made a small place for myself in the story of America and the history of my times”, he wrote.

Senator McCain was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer 13 months ago, and had been battling the disease since his diagnosis. He had not been to the U.S. Senate since December but was not completely sidelined from politics as he wrote several tweets and statements blasting some of President Trump actions and policies.

The deceased Senator has been planning his own funeral for several months, making it emphatically clear that he does not want President Trump attending. Meanwhile, former Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama have been asked to give eulogies at the occasion.

McCain was seen across the American political spectrum as a real patriot, normally going against his Republican counterparts on issues, famously voting against the repealing of the affordable care act, which he argued should have had a bi-partisan approach.

Tributes have been pulling in from around the world on McCain’s passing with German and Australian leaders sending their tributes to the U.S. and his family.