US Vice President Mike Pence also paid his tribute and hailed McCain for his lifetime services to the country. "I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years", Cindy McCain wrote. "Tina and I send our prayers to Senator McCain's family and loved ones". He passed the following day in the presence of his family at their home in Corneville, Arizona.
Mr Biden wrote: "As a prisoner of war, John endured the worst of what human beings can do to one another". But by executive order and tradition, sitting senators who die in office have flags lowered in their honor from their date of death until their burial. A private funeral is planned for Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
"Both in the midst of war and in the halls of Washington, Sen".
Months before his death, McCain reportedly asked his son-in-law Ben Domenech to "take care of Meghan". "But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above", Obama said. John McCain, who died of brain cancer at the age of 81 on Saturday. On Saturday night, a black hearse accompanied by a police motorcade could be seen driving away from the ranch near Sedona where the Republican senator spent his final weeks. "This man gave so much for our nation and will be greatly missed".
He would have turned 82 next week.
McCain's funeral plans were no secret. "He had his office there during his entire time".
Trump's brief Twitter statement said "hearts and prayers" are with the McCain family.
McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was a frequent critic and target of his fellow Republican Trump, who was elected president in November 2016.
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Barack Obama said in a statement, "John McCain and I were members of different generatoins, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics".
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum called McCain "a true American hero, patriot and statesman" in a statement.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said McCain would be remembered as an "Atlanticist" and NATO supporter, while Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas hailed him as a man whose voice would be remembered. "It sprang from his belief in democracy and freedom". "At John's best he showed us what that means", he added.
Born Aug. 29, 1936, McCain was a former Navy pilot who was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five-and-a-half years.
Among his many other accolades, Israeli leaders sought to remind everyone of how staunch an ally McCain was of the Jewish state.
Former President George W. Bush is calling Arizona Sen. "He was a lion of the Senate, and the place will not be the same place without him".
Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted: "As you go through life, you meet few truly great people".
"In an era filled with cynicism about national unity and public service, John McCain's life shone as a bright example".