Washington, August 26 (TNS): Senator John McCain passed away at the age of 81 late Saturday, after suffering from a longstanding disease of glioblastoma a type of brain cancer.
Interestingly, another senator Ted Kennedy died from the same disease exactly nine years ago on the same date.
McCain and Kennedy were diagnosed with glioblastoma, a type of brain tumour a year ago before they succumbed to the disease, Fox News reported.
Glioblastoma roughly affects 10,000 Americans a year and is considered as “highly malignant,” according to doctors.
Despite McCain and Kennedy belonging to separate political spectrum, the two senators reportedly shared a good relationship and were good friends. In 2009, during Kennedy’s funeral service, McCain read a eulogy, saying, “The place won’t be the same without him.”
Both McCain and Kennedy faded away from public life when the two were battling their respective illnesses.