Shortly following his death, many in the sports world took to social media - including almost every team and many prominent sports figures from Arizona - to remember and pay tribute to the Republican senator and war hero.
"No person this century better exemplifies the great qualities of patriotism than John McCain", said Mitt Romney, former MA governor and Republican candidate for Hatch's seat. In a send-up of Barack Obama's expensive 30-minute campaign ad, which ran on several broadcast and cable networks, McCain and Fey's Palin talked up their potential administration (and some quality products) for the QVC audience.
Hailed as a maverick for most of his military and political life, McCain entered the former as a 1958 Naval Academy graduate.
McCain tangled with Trump, who never served in the military, for years. The statement also says he served the US faithfully for 60 years.
McCain had been locked in a war of words with Trump dating back to 2015 and specified months ago that he did not want the president to attend his funeral. John McCain, R-Ariz., greets Afghanistan war veteran Sgt. Luke Cifka on Capitol Hill on December 9, 2014. When Trump blamed him for the survival of the Affordable Care Act, McCain sniffed, "I've faced tougher adversaries". "May God bless them all during this hard time".
"I may have said some things here today that maybe you don't agree with, and I might have said some things you hopefully do agree with".
McCain, became a public figure at age 31 when his bed-bound image was broadcast from North Vietnam in 1967.
McCain was cleared of wrongdoing in 1991 but the Senate Ethics Committee rebuked him for poor judgment.
Ducey says McCain was an American who will never be forgotten, and he was proud to call him a fellow Arizonan. McCain was selected as the Republican party's nominee and chose former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. "With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he wrote on his personal account.
"Over a lifetime of selfless service, John came to embody the very pinnacle of American virtue", Hatch, said shortly after the news of McCain's death became public Saturday afternoon.
McCain's military pedigree and independent streak won respect during the race but his choice of the unqualified Palin as running mate - apparently created to appeal to Christian evangelicals who deserted him in 2000 - damaged his credibility. He was 81 and had been battling brain cancer. McCain also campaigned for the GOP nomination in 2000 but lost to President George W. Bush, who won the election. I am blessed and humbled by our friendship.
Former President Clinton and Hillary Clinton issued a joint statement saying that McCain "believed that every citizen has a responsibility to make something of the freedoms given by our Constitution, and from his heroic service in the Navy to his 35 years in Congress, he lived by his creed every day".
A dark period for McCain came as one of the "Keating Five " group of senators accused of improperly intervening with federal regulators to help political contributor and bank executive Charles Keating, whose Lincoln Savings and Loan failed in 1989 at a cost to taxpayers of US$3.4 billion (S$4.64 billion).
Cindy McCain, the senator's wife, wrote in a tweet, "I love my husband with all of my heart". Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted his "thoughts and prayers are with Senator McCain and his family".