Celebrities remember John McCain with touching anecdotes
Republican Sen. John McCain died on Saturday at the age of 81. He served the United States for more than 60 years, first in the Navy and afterward in Congress.
His family shared Friday that McCain wouldn’t continue with treatment for his brain cancer, and the senator died the next day.
McCain was diagnosed with a brain tumor last July. The tumor, known as a glioblastoma, is a particularly difficult form of cancer to treat; 90 percent of adults with the disease survive for less than 24 months after diagnosis.
A statement from his office, given to the New York Times, indicates he died at 4:28 p.m. Saturday. His wife, Cindy McCain, wrote on Twitter, “My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best.”
Celebrities, some whom had personal stories to share about the senator, took to Instagram and Twitter to share condolences and memories.
Last Man on Earth and Mad Men star January Jones shared a story about meeting McCain.
John McCain. When I was trying to get an anti shark finning bill passed through the Senate with @oceana not only did he sit and listen to me but he exceeded our allotted 8min time window and took us on a tour of DC for over an hour after he heard I’d never been. Such an amazing man. A hero and a voice that will be sorely missed. ❤️
A post shared by January Jones (@januaryjones) on Aug 25, 2018 at 7:04pm PDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus shared an image from the set of Veep, and said McCain “couldn’t have been nicer.”
He couldn't have been nicer, in fact. https://t.co/oHd5kKshvL
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) August 26, 2018
Busy Philipps shared that her sister interned for the senator and that “he was so kind when he was in the office.”
I grew up in Arizona. John McCain was always famous to me, larger than life. As a child, the only two politicians I knew were the president, and John McCain. My parents are dems but always would vote for Senator McCain because they liked what he stood for and that he was an American hero. My older sister interned for Senator McCain when she was in high school and said he was so kind when he was in the office. Rest in peace, Senator. Thank you for your service to the country.
A post shared by Busy Philipps (@busyphilipps) on Aug 25, 2018 at 6:39pm PDT
Former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. shared kind words.
Rest In Peace Senator John McCain. What an incredibly full life he lived. I appreciate his lifelong dedication and service to this country. 🇺🇸
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) August 26, 2018
Reese Witherspoon shared the news on her Twitter account.
God Bless, #JohnMcCain . Respect for this American citizen who proudly served our country for so many years. #RIP https://t.co/gzJTdG5QKz
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) August 26, 2018
Mia Farrow shared a tribute, and responded to President Trump’s tweet about the senator.
John McCain: pic.twitter.com/eltANoECxW
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 26, 2018
While he was ill, you mocked him cruely. Just as you fail to see what makes America great, you will never understand why John McCain was a great man.
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 26, 2018
Mandy Moore, Justin Theroux, Jamie King, and Andy Cohen shared posts thanking McCain for his service.
60 years of service to our great country. A hero through and through. Thank you, Senator and all the love to his beloved family and friends. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
A post shared by Mandy Moore (@mandymooremm) on Aug 25, 2018 at 6:53pm PDT
Sending love and comfort to the family of John McCain. Thank you for your service. You will be very missed. Your Patriotism and love of country will not be forgotten. 🇺🇸 #maverick
A post shared by @ justintheroux on Aug 25, 2018 at 8:40pm PDT
RIP a real American Patriot who devoted his life to our country 🇺🇸 Condolences to the entire McCain family 🇺🇸
A post shared by Andy Cohen (@bravoandy) on Aug 26, 2018 at 12:44am PDT
May you Rest In Peace ❤️ There are many things that you did for us, many times I was grateful and disagreed. You helped pass my friend @januaryjones bill which meant the world to her. You served our country and showed us that when we needed bipartisanship you stood by what mattered. God bless your Soul and your family.
A post shared by Jaime King (@jaime_king) on Aug 25, 2018 at 7:28pm PDT
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