U.S. Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who ran unsuccessfully for president as a self-styled maverick Republican in 2008, died on Saturday, August 25, 2018. He was 81. He had served the United States of America faithfully for 60 years.
McCain, with his irascible grin and fighter-pilot moxie, was a fearless and outspoken voice on policy and politics to the end, unswerving in his defense of democratic values and unflinching in his criticism of his fellow Republican, President Donald Trump. He was elected to the Senate from Arizona six times but twice thwarted in seeking the presidency.
Key moments in his life:
Senator John McCain confers with Senator Barack Obama during a press conference in April 2006 in Washington.
Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images
President George W Bush endorses Senator John McCain during the 2008 presidential election.
Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his wife, Cindy, smile as confetti falls on them at the end of their 114th New Hampshire town hall meeting with voters in January 2000.
Photograph: Stephan Savoia/AP
Republican presidential candidates John McCain and George W Bush respond to a comment by moderator Larry King, (back to camera) during a Republican presidential debate in South Carolina in February 2000.
Photograph: Eric Draper/AP
US Senator John McCain, Senator John Kerry, President George Bush, General Colin Powell and General John Vessey attend a press conference about soldiers missing in action during the Vietnam war.
Photograph: Jeffrey Markowitz/Sygma via Getty Images
President Ronald Reagan and John McCain in the White House during the 1980s.
President Richard Nixon greets Capt John McCain in Washington in May 1973.
Photograph: PhotoQuest/Getty Images
John McCain is administered to in a hospital in Hanoi in North Vietnam as a prisoner of war in the autumn of 1967.
A photograph released in February 2000, by the Vietnamese News Agency, claims to show the rescue of US pilot John McCain, centre, from Hanoi’s Truc Bach lake in 1967.
John McCain with squadron members and a North American T-2 Buckeye training aircraft.
Portrait of John S McCain III in naval uniform during the 1960s.
Photograph: Bettmann Archive
A family portrait shows John McCain, circa 1944. From left: Roberta (John’s Mother) Joe, John S McCain III, Admiral John S McCain, Sandy, and his father John S McCain Jr.
Photograph: MediaPunch Inc/Alamy
John McCain in the arms of his grandfather, John Sidney McCain, right, His father John Sidney McCain Jr is at left. Panama Canal Zone 1936.