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The incredible life of Sen. John McCain in 31 photos

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Republican Sen. John McCain died at the age of 81 in August 2018.

The Arizona senator was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer and began treatment for the disease in July 2017. McCain appeared to be undeterred for several months after his diagnosis was made public.

He was seen back at work on Capitol Hill in Fall 2017 and weighed in on major legislative policies, including the annual defense authorization bill and efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

McCain made headlines upon his return — including when he dramatically voted no on the Republican version of a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act in July 2017.

His career as a public servant spanned decades of honorable service, and despite some challenges along the way, McCain established himself as a key figurehead of the Republican Party. He was known to buck the GOP’s leadership — earning the nickname “Maverick” — and reach across the political aisle to voice his candid opinions.

Here’s a look back at John McCain’s incredible life.

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