John McCain: A life in pictures

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"John McCain's life is proof that some truths are timeless".

McCain, who was being treated at his ranch near Sedona, Arizona, was surrounded by his wife Cindy and his family during his final hours.

Past year - in what would be his last worldwide trip - the United States Studies Centre in Sydney hosted an address by Senator McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!'

"He was a giant".

A week earlier, McCain slammed Trump's remarks surrounding last year's violence in Charlottesville, Va., writing in a tweet there's "no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate & bigotry".

McCain's fellow Republicans occasionally mocked his interventionist reflexes, noting he could never say no to a war.

Mr McCain's daughter Meghan said the task of her lifetime would now be "to live up to his example, his expectations, and his love". "I was with my father at his end, as he was with me at my beginning". Liberman recalled that in a recent meeting with McCain, the senator showed him a photo of his time in captivity and told him that "even despite my bad suffering I never wavered in my commitment to the values of freedom and justice".

McCain's death marks the end of an extraordinary life in which the son and grandson of two Navy admirals rose from the bottom of his class at the U.S. Naval Academy to almost winning the presidency.

McCain said. "Merely preventing your political opponents from doing what they want isn't the most inspiring work".

"Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory", McCain said in a blistering statement.

In November 2016, voters elected him to his sixth term in the Senate.

It was in July of this year that McCain was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

McCain took some time off to fight the disease but continued chairing the influential Senate Armed Services Committee.

McCain inveighed against Trump over the latter's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Senator McCain quickly pivoted, noting the US-Australia alliance rests on more than nostalgia for our shared sacrifice, but animated by our hopes for the future, by the common belief that "our destinies are inseparable from the character of the broader world order".

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But a review of McCain's life shows that his story is one of survival.

Eight years later, here was a man who openly professed his love of money, who had avoided military service because of a foot problem he later said had healed itself, a man who bragged about greasing the wheels for his NY real estate empire by donating to both Democrats and Republicans, a man who, in short, unapologetically flouted the long-established traditions of American politics and the presidency.

In Washington, flags on Capitol Hill and the White House were lowered to half-mast in his honour.

McCain made it known that he did not want Donald Trump to attend his funeral, United States media reported.

As the son of a naval officer, McCain and the family were constantly on the move.

While McCain followed in his family's military footsteps, he did so with his own flair: When he graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1958, he was ranked 894th of 899 graduates.

But it would be another two years before McCain first emerged onto the national stage.

Only three months later, on October 26, 1967, McCain's plane was shot down over North Vietnam.

The force of the ejection was so violent, McCain broke his right leg and both arms.

But it was McCain's fortitude after joining the Navy that would define him. He ejects and is taken prisoner.

During his five-and-a-half year imprisonment, McCain endured cruel beatings and other forms of torture.

McCain collaborated with a long-time adviser, Mark Salter, on a memoir, "The Restless Wave", that was released in May.

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

During the campaign, he overcame attacks that he was a carpetbagger and won a seat in Congress.