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Former VP John McCain departs at 81

Arizona Sen. John McCain, a former Republican presidential nominee and a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, died on Saturday. He was 81.

Former Vice President Joe Biden remembered his friend, Sen. John McCain, as having lived a life that showed character, courage, integrity and honor.

Biden has said McCain took care of his son, Beau. Biden’s son was also diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor. He died in 2015.

“America will miss John McCain. The world will miss John McCain. And I will miss him dearly,” he said.

• John McCain: The Arizona senator has died. He was 81.

• Career and service: He was a naval bomber pilot, prisoner of war, conservative maverick, giant of the Senate and twice-defeated presidential candidate.

• The tributes: Politicians, world leaders and former presidents paid tribute to McCain

President Donald Trump on Saturday expressed his condolences to the family of Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday after a battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!

The two men, while both Republicans, were political foes. McCain was a leading member of the so-called Never Trumpers, conservatives who refused to get onboard the Trump train.

According to reports, the president was disinvited to McCain’s funeral.

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