White House flies flag at half-staff as the body of maverick Senator John McCain – who has died aged 81 – is prepared to lie in state at the US Capitol before his life is honored at the National Cathedral

Sunday, August 26, 2018
By Paul Martin

John Sidney McCain III, died at his Hidden Valley ranch in Sedona, Arizona, surrounded by his wife Cindy and his family at 4:28pm on Saturday
The 81-year-old was given a police escort as his body was taken to Phoenix
White House lowered flags to half-staff Sunday morning in honor of the Senator
McCain will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda before his life is honored in a full dress funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral
He will also lie in rest at the Arizona Capital in Phoenix ahead of being buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland
McCain, who became a prominent critic of President Donald Trump, had made it known prior to his death that he did not want Trump to attend his funeral
Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have both been asked of give eulogies at the funeral service
He served in Congress for more than 30 years and made two unsuccessful bids for the US presidency as a Republican candidate
McCain is survived by his wife, Cindy, seven children and several grandchildren

By SHEILA FLYNN and WILL METCALFE
DAILYMAIL.COM
26 August 2018

Flags were flying at half-staff at the White House on Sunday morning following the death of U.S. Senator John McCain after a year-long battle with brain cancer.

The 81-year-old maverick senator’s body was given a police escort as he was taken to Phoenix from his Arizona ranch after he passed away Saturday night.

McCain will now lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda before his life is honored in a full dress funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral.

He will also lie in rest at the Arizona Capital in Phoenix ahead of being buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland.

McCain, who became a prominent critic of President Donald Trump, had made it known prior to his death that he did not want Trump to attend his funeral.

Vice President Mike Pence is expected to represent the current administration.

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have both been asked of give eulogies at the funeral service, the New York Times reports.

No date has been set for his funeral.

McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who ran unsuccessfully for president as a self-styled maverick Republican in 2008, died on Saturday aged 81.

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