U.S. Republican Senator John McCain’s wish that President Donald Trump not receive an invitation to his funeral — made public months ago — remained unchanged upon his death, according to family sources (The Guardian).
Former presidents George W. Bush, who beat McCain for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, and Barack Obama, who defeated McCain in the 2008 presidential election, were publicly invited to speak at McCain’s funeral. Obama and Bush will deliver eulogies at a service at the National Cathedral (CBS News) on September 1 (TIME).
McCain died August 25 at the age of 81, a year after being diagnosed with brain cancer.
McCain’s political career spanned 35 years, taking him to Congress and the Republican presidential nomination.
The senator from Arizona was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in July 2017. He also had surgery for an intestinal infection in April and has not been to the Capitol this year.
His family announced on Friday that McCain was discontinuing further cancer treatment.
“Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 p.m. on August 25, 2018. With the senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years,” said a statement from his office on Saturday.
McCain will receive a full dress funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral before being buried in Annapolis, Maryland, his family said.
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“My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years,” his wife Cindy McCain wrote on Twitter. “He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best.”
My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best.
As a naval aviator, McCain was shot down and captured over Vietnam during the Vietnam War and tortured by his North Vietnamese communist captors (The Washington Post).