John McCain and Ted Kennedy
John McCain and Ted Kennedy

9 years apart, McCain, Ted Kennedy died of cancer on same date

ANI | Updated: Aug 26, 2018 14:12 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 26 (ANI): Senator John McCain on Saturday breathed his last, he was suffering from brain cancer. Interestingly, another senator Ted Kennedy died from the same disease exactly nine years ago on the same date.
McCain and Kennedy were diagnosed with glioblastoma, a type of brain tumour a year ago before they succumbed to the disease, Fox News reported, citing the Arizona Republic.
Glioblastoma roughly affects 10,000 Americans a year and is considered as "highly malignant," according to doctors.
Despite McCain and Kennedy belonging to separate political spectrum, the two senators reportedly shared a good relationship and were good friends. In 2009, during Kennedy's funeral service, McCain read a eulogy, saying, "The place won't be the same without him."
Both McCain and Kennedy faded away from public life when the two were battling their respective illnesses. (ANI)

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