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John McCain, who has died at the age of 81, was a distinguished public servant who rose to become the Republican party’s nominee for president of the US

JJYTN2 Washington, DC - (FILE) -- Family portrait from the office of United States Senator John McCain (Republican of Arizona), the presumptive 2008 Republican nominee for President of the United States, circa 1944. From left to right: Roberta (John's Mother) Joe, John S. McCain III, Admiral John S. McCain, Sandy, John S. McCain, Jr..Credit: Office of Sen. McCain via CNP Photo via Newscom
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A family portrait of the McCain family circa 1944. From left to right: John’s mother, Roberta, brother Joe, John, his grandfather Admiral John S McCain, sister Sandy, and his father, John S McCain, Jr

John McCain (Bottom R) poses with his U.S. Navy squadron in 1965. National Archives/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY - RC1DEE7B0B10
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McCain, bottom right, with his US Navy squadron in 1965

A photo taken in 1967 shows US Navy Airforce Major...HANOI, VIET NAM: A photo taken in 1967 shows US Navy Airforce Major John McCain being examined by a Vietnamese doctor. John McCain, current US presidential hopeful, was captured in 1967 at a lake in Hanoi after his Navy warplane was been downed by Northern Vietnamese army during the Vietnam War. One of his rescuers said 24 February 2000, McCain was well treated after being pulled from the lake by villagers. McCain said that upon capture he was beaten by an angry mob and bayoneted in the groin. (B/W ONLY) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/Getty Images)
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McCain is examined by a Vietnamese doctor after being captured in 1967 at a lake in Hanoi after his Navy jet was downed during the Vietnam war

Lt. Commander John S. McCain III, a POW for over five years, waves to well wishers March 18, 1973 after arriving at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida. At left is his wife, and son Doug, who is on crutches after breaking his leg in a soccer game. McCain is the son of Adm. John S. McCain Jr, who commanded the U.S. Forces in the Pacific until his retirement. (AP Photo)
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McCain, who was a POW for more than five years, waves to well-wishers after arriving at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida on March 18 1973. At his side is his first wife Carol

P368426 03: (File Photo) Lieutenant Commander John Mccain Is Welcomed By U.S. President Richard Nixon Upon Mccain's Release From Five And One-Half Years As A P.O.W. During The Vietnam War May 24, 1973 In Washington, D.C. (Photo By Getty Images)
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McCain is welcomed by US President Richard Nixon on May 24 1973, in Washington, following his release from captivity

U.S. President Ronald Reagan meeting with Republican senatorial candidate John McCain ahead of McCain's 1986 election campaign, in the Oval Office of the White House. National Archives/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. - RC18B30B9960
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With US President Ronald Reagan in the Oval Office of the White House

Senator John McCain shakes hands with Republican Presidential candidate George W. Bush at the conclusion of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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A vanquished McCain shakes hands with Republican presidential nominee George W Bush at the conclusion of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia in August 2000

Republican presidential nominee John McCain (L) and Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama (R) arrive on stage for the first of three presidential debates September 26, 2008 at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. AFP PHOTO / Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
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McCain clinched the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 to face Democrat Barack Obama. Here they arrive on stage for the first of three presidential debates on September 26 2008 at the University of Mississippi

McCain Holds Election Night Gathering In Phoenix...PHOENIX - NOVEMBER 04: Republican presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) with vice-presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin by his side concedes victory during his election night rally at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa on November 4, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona. U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) defeated McCain by a wide margin in the election to become the first African-American U.S. President elect. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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McCain — with his vice-presidential nominee, Alaska governor Sarah Palin, by his side — concedes victory during his election night rally on November 4, 2008, in Phoenix, Arizona

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2016, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, waves to supporters at his victory party as wife Cindy McCain, left, joins him on stage as he announces his victory over Democratic challenger Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
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McCain waves to supporters at a victory party on November 8, 2016, after his final campaign for the US Senate. He represented the state of Arizona for almost 32 years

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MATTHEW CAVANAUGH/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9808170a) (FILE) - The Dalai Lama (R) is congratulated by US Republican Senator John McCain (L) of Arizona, after he was awarded the first Lantos Human Rights Prize, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 06 October 2009. According to news reports, Republican Senator John McCain has passed away on 25 August 2018 at the age of 81. John McCain - a former naval aviator shot down on a mission over Hanoi in October 1967, captured and made a prisoner of war until 1973 - was the Republican nominee for President of the United States in the 2008 election, which he lost to Barack Obama. US Senator John McCain dies at 81, Washington, USA - 06 Oct 2009
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McCain congratulates the Dalai Lama after he was awarded the first Lantos Human Rights Prize in 2009

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, departs after returning to the Senate to vote on health care legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 25, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Although he had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, McCain returned to the Senate to vote on healthcare legislation on July 25, 2017, delivering a critical vote that prevented the repeal of Obamacare

Flags flying a half-staff in honor of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., frame the U.S. Capital at daybreak in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. McCain, 81, died at his ranch in Arizona after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
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Flags fly at half-mast in honour of McCain on Sunday as day breaks over Washington

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