John McCain’s final months: ‘A man in a hurry all the way to the end’


Sen. John McCain’s life took on a fierce urgency after he was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017, and he moved quickly to complete his final projects even as his health challenges sequestered him at his family home near Sedona, a close friend told The Arizona Republic.

McCain also never gave up hope that he might someday return to the U.S. Senate and until his April surgery for an intestinal infection related to diverticulitis was plotting a possible Capitol Hill comeback.

Rick Davis, a longtime member of McCain’s inner circle who visited McCain frequently this year at the McCains’ Cornville property, revealed new details about the final months of McCain’s life out of the public eye.

The six-term senator from Arizona and 2008 Republican presidential nominee was battling glioblastoma, a deadly form of brain cancer. He died Aug. 25 in Cornville at age 81.

McCain was determined to plan his own memorial services, write a final book with his longtime collaborator and former chief of staff Mark Salter, participate in an HBO documentary about his career, and clear out a portion of the Cornville property that had been overgrown with brush and trees.

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