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The McCain family announced Friday in a statement that Sen.

United States senator John McCain, a celebrated war hero known for reaching across the aisle in an increasingly divided America, died today following a battle with brain cancer.

"Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious", the statement began.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., applauds during the break in the seventh inning of a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks in Washington, Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

In a Sports Illustrated piece he wrote past year, Fitzgerald wrote that he would tell his sons "Senator John McCain will be revered and respected for as long as the United States of America has a place in this world, and his legacy will outlive us all". He was the Republican presidential nominee in the 2008 USA election and left Washington in December after serving six...

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President Donald Trump sent his condolences to the McCain family on Twitter.

"I was with my father at his end, as he was with me at my beginning", said his daughter, Meghan McCain.

On Capitol Hill, McCain became close friends with Senator Lindsey Graham and former senator Joe Lieberman - a trio dubbed the "Three Amigos". "And I've lost one of my dearest friends and mentor".

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who spent years alongside McCain in the Senate, also issued a statement. Before joining the upper chamber, he served as a U.S. representative from 1983 to 1987. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Cindy, his mother, Roberta, his children, and his entire family".