John McCain, senator and former presidential candidate, dies at 81
Sen. John McCain has died. He was 81 years old. A war hero who would go on to Congress and run for president, McCain survived plane crashes, several bouts of skin cancer and brushes with political oblivion, often seemed to be perpetually waging a race against time and his own mortality while striving to ensure that his five-and-a-half years as a Vietnam prisoner of war did not stand as the defining experience of his life.