John McCain Dead at 81: Meghan McCain, Barack Obama and More Mourn U.S. Senator’s Passing

Meghan McCain, John McCain

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Meghan McCain is mourning the death of her father John McCain following his passing on Saturday.

The U.S. Senator passed away at the age of 81 after battling cancer. “Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28pm on August 25, 2018,” a statement from McCain’s office reads. “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.”

Meghan also then confirmed the news with a statement, posted on Twitter Saturday evening.

“My father, United States Senator John Sidney McCain iii departed this life today,” her statement began. “I was with my father at his end, as he was with me at my beginning. In the thirty-three years we shared together, he raised me, taught me, corrected me, comforted me, encouraged me, and supported me in all things. He loved me, and I love him. He taught me how to live. His love and his care, ever present, always unfailing, took me from a girl to a woman- and he showed me what it is to be a man.”

“All that I am is thanks to him. Now that he is gone, the task of my lifetime is to live up to his example, his expectations, and his love,” Meghan continued. “My father’s passing comes with sorrow and grief for me, for my mother, for my brothers, and for my sisters. He was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth for so very long. We know that his flame loves on, in each of us. The days and years to come will not be the same without my dad- but they will be good days, filled with life and love, because of the example he lived for us.”

“Your prayers, for his soul and for our family, are sincerely appreciated,” she concluded. “My father is gone, and I miss him as only an adoring daughter can. But in this loss, an in this sorrow, I take comfort in this: John McCain, hero of the republic and to his little girl, wakes today to something more glorious than anything on this earth. Today the warrior enters his true and eternal life, greeted by those who have gone before him, rising to meet the Author of All Things: ‘The dream is ended: this is the morning.'”

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