Sen. John McCain, 1936-2018, was Arizona’s senator for more than three decades and twice ran for president.
Nate Kelly, azcentral.com
U.S. Sen. John McCain died nine years to the day after his good friend Sen. Ted Kennedy — both of the same kind of cancer.
McCain, R-Ariz., died Saturday a little more than a year after he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer that affects roughly 10,000 Americans a year.
Kennedy, D-Mass., a close friend of McCain’s in the Senate, was diagnosed in May 2008 and died Aug. 25, 2009.
The coincidence did not go unnoticed in the Twitterverse.
“History does rhyme,” Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney from the Southern District of New York, said in a tweet.
“Can’t help but wonder what the universe is trying to tell us,” tweeted Barbara Townsend, a liberal activist from San Francisco.
Like Kennedy, McCain did not appear much in the Senate after his diagnosis. One exception was his memorable thumbs-down vote on the so-called “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act, which drew the ire of President Donald Trump two weeks after McCain’s cancer diagnosis.
McCain and Kennedy could have one other thing in common. After Kennedy died, McCain joined President Barack Obama in delivering eulogies.
CNN reported Saturday that McCain wanted two people to deliver eulogies. One is President George W. Bush. The other is Obama.
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