"Now that he is gone, the task of my lifetime is to live up to his example, his expectations, and his love", McCain continued.
Following the announcement of his death on Saturday evening, USA president Donald Trump said his "deepest sympathies" went to Mr McCain's family. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he shared. "Thank you Senator McCain for your service to the nation".
He lost the 2008 presidential election to Barack Obama, and was pilloried for selecting controversial Alaska politician Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running-mate. He said "all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own".
"Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the a year ago, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John's many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers", the family's statement concluded. "And for that, we are all in his debt".
George W. Bush, the 43rd president who beat out McCain in a tense primary for Republican presidential nominee in 2000, praised the senator as "a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order". Some voices aer so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled.
"John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics". Although he and I sometimes disagreed, I was deeply privileged to serve with him and proud to call him a friend.
McCain responded: "I have faced tougher adversaries". "Michelle and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family".
John McCain was one of Arizona's greatest Senators, one of our country's finest statesmen, and an American hero who risked his life to defend this great nation. "I'm going to continue to serve as governor as long as the voters will let me", he said. "In the thirty-three years we shared together, he raised me, taught me, corrected me, comforted me, encouraged me, and supported me in all things", McCain wrote in her statement, which garnered over 16,000 retweets and 73,000 likes in just over 30 minutes.
The president, who mocked McCain's capture in Vietnam during the 2016 campaign, jabbed at the senator even after his illness for voting against Republican efforts to roll back President Barack Obama's health care law. Connie and I are thinking of them now.
John Sidney McCain III was born in 1936 in the Panama Canal zone, where his father was stationed in the military.
Jimmy Kimmel wrote, "America lost a real hero today".
Consequently, his death - and the seat that is now open - has the potential to reshape both the U.S. Senate and Arizona politics.
The son of a US admiral, McCain became a Navy aviator and flew bombing missions during the Vietnam War. "He may have been my toughest opponent at one time, however his respect and dedication to public service and his love for Arizona, is something I strongly admire". John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs.
However, he was unable to do so as John McCain cast the deciding vote against the repeal.
Rowdy, rambunctious, rebellious, Republican and-what separated Mr. McCain from the rogues and ruffians whose style he sometimes luxuriated in appropriating-reflective, Mr. McCain thought deeply about America's goal and the objective of life. "And I will miss him dearly".