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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

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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

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McCain, bottom right, with his US Navy squadron in 1965

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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

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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

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McCain is welcomed by US President Richard Nixon on May 24 1973, in Washington, following his release from captivity

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With US President Ronald Reagan in the Oval Office of the White House

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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

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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

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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

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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

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McCain congratulates the Dalai Lama after he was awarded the first Lantos Human Rights Prize in 2009

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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

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Flags fly at half-mast in honour of McCain on Sunday as day breaks over Washington

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