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U.S. Senator John McCain dies at 81

U.S. Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2008 as a self-styled maverick Republican and became a prominent critic of President Donald Trump, died on Saturday, his office said. He was 81.

McCain was an active supporter of the Libyan 2011 Uprising and the Arab Spring in general. He visited Benghazi and Tripoli in 2011 and 2013 and advocated for a stronger role for the U.S. in the post-2011 Libya.

A senator for Arizona for more than three decades, McCain had been suffering from glioblastoma, a brain cancer, since July 2017 and had not been at the U.S. Capitol this year.

His family said on Friday that McCain was discontinuing cancer treatment.

He died on Saturday afternoon with his wife Cindy and other family members at his bedside. “At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years,” said a statement from his office.

McCain frequently sparred with President Donald Trump and told his family he did not want Trump to attend his funeral, CNN reported, citing family friends.

Flags were flying at half-staff at the White House on Sunday morning, hours after Trump tweeted his “deepest sympathies and respect” to McCain’s family.

McCain will lie in state in both Phoenix, Arizona, and in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C.

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