US Senator John McCain dies at 81

Former US president Barack Obama with Senator John McCain. McCain died in his home on Saturday after a year long battle with cancer./PHOTO COURTESY

US Senator John McCain died on Saturday at the age of 81 years.

John Sidney McCain III died in his home in Hidden Valley, in Sedona, Arizona, surrounded by his family at 4:28pm on Saturday after a year long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive, brain cancer.

“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,” she added.

McCain who was a republican and known as a ‘maverick’ senator drew respect from all sides due to commitment to his principles.

McCain served in Congress for more than 30 years and made two unsuccessful bids for the US presidency as a Republican candidate, including the 2008 elections that was won by Former President Barrack Obama.

McCain is survived by his wife, Cindy, seven children and several grandchildren.