Meghan McCain Pens Moving Tribute to Father John McCain After His Death: 'He Taught Me How to Live'

"Now that he is gone, the task of my lifetime is to live up to his example, his expectations, and his love."

Meghan McCain is paying homage to her late father, Sen. John McCain, following his death on Saturday, The daughter of the war veteran shared a heartfelt tribute on social media, remembering the man who she says "taught me how to live."

"I was with my father at his end, as he was with me at my beginning. In the thirty-three years we shared together, he raised me, taught me, corrected me, comforted me, encouraged me, and supported me in all things. He taught me how to live," she wrote in the touching statement.


She also went on to add, "All that I am is thanks to him. Now that he is gone, the task of my lifetime is to live up to his example, his expectations, and his love."

The Vietnam war hero and former presidential candidate passed away on Saturday afternoon after battling brain cancer for over a year. His death came just one day after his family announced that he had decided to stop medical treatment for the disease, which he was first diagnosed with in July 2017

McCain and her father in Washington, Pennsylvania on August 30, 2008. Steve Broer /

McCain has been outspoken about her family's struggle to cope with the diagnosis on "The View," on which she serves as a co-host. In December, she exchanged an emotional moment with former vice president Joe Biden, who previously lost his son, Beau, to brain cancer. 

"One of the things that gave Beau courage, my word, was John," Biden said in the episode. "You may remember when you were a little kid, your dad took care of my Beau... And Beau talked about your dad's courage — not about illness, but about his courage." 

In the days since his death, condolences from political figures on both sides of the aisle have continued rolling in, including statements from President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama, the former Arizona senator's opponent in the 2008 presidential election. 

McCain thanked well-wishers for their thoughts and prayers, closing out her tribute by writing,"My father is gone, and I miss him only as an adoring daughter can. But in this loss, and in this sorrow, I take comfort in this: John McCain, hero of the republic and to his little girl, wakes today to something more glorious than anything on this earth."

Cover image via Steve Broer /


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