However, just yesterday, the McCain family released a statement saying he was no longer going to seek treatment.
John McCain (R-AZ), passed away late Saturday afternoon.
"Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious", the statement began. "At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years", read the statement. After gambling on political neophyte Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate, McCain lost in 2008 to Democrat Barack Obama, who became the first black US president.
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In a Sports Illustrated piece he wrote previous year, Fitzgerald wrote that he would tell his sons "Senator John McCain will be revered and respected for as long as the United States of America has a place in this world, and his legacy will outlive us all".
"John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds and competed at the highest level of politics", Obama said in a statement.
President Donald Trump is offering his "deepest sympathies and respect" to the family of Arizona Sen. McCain had been a rare and outspoken Republican critic of Trump, accusing him of "naivete", "egotism" and of sympathizing with autocrats. "And I've lost one of my dearest friends and mentor".
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Meghan McCain, the senator's 33-year-old daughter, wrote an emotional statement thanking her father for being a hero to both her and the country.
He had spent more than three decades in the Senate, looming large in debates over war and peace and the moral direction of the nation.
Our thoughts are with the McCain family at this time.
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