Leaders across the United States of America have started paying tributes to late Senator John McCain, who died on Saturday at the age of 81.
The six-term Arizona senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in July 2017.
His family announced on Friday that McCain, who left Washington in December, had decided to cease treatment.
Tributes began to pour in for McCain as soon as the news of his death was announced, CNN reports.
President Donald Trump, whom McCain had strongly criticised, tweeted, “My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!”
Former President George Bush described McCain as “a patriot of the highest order. He was a public servant in the finest traditions of our country.”
Barack Obama, the democrat who beat McCain to the presidency, said despite their differences, they shared “a fidelity to something higher – the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched and sacrificed.”
“Few of us have been tested the way John once was or required to show the kind of courage that he did,” Obama said.
A former Vice-President, Joe Biden, said McCain’s “impact on America hasn’t ended.”
“John McCain’s life is proof that some truths are timeless,” he said in a statement.
Jimmy Carter said, “John McCain was a man of honour, a true patriot in the best sense of the word. Americans will be forever grateful for his heroic military service and for his steadfast integrity as a member of the United States Senate.”
His family said he would lie in state in Phoenix, Arizona, and in Washington DC before a funeral at the Washington National Cathedral and his burial in Annapolis, Maryland.
Former presidents Obama and Bush are expected to give eulogies.
BBC reports that sources quoted by US media said President Trump would not be invited to the funeral and the current administration would probably be represented by Vice-President Mike Pence.