After a battle with brain cancer, John McCain died at 81 years old on Saturday, August 25. Regarded by many as an American hero, the late Arizona senator, veteran, and former presidential candidate was widely respected by people from both sides of the political aisle. And upon the senator's passing, social media lit up with tributes and thanks from a range of personalities.
Southern Charm's Shep Rose — who was among the many to salute McCain — has something of a personal connection to the senator. On August 26, Shep shared on Twitter: "RIP senator McCain. Little [known] fun fact: he went to Episcopal High School. (Same boarding school i went to) and legend has it that he was a bit of a wild child. Loved chugging beers and ripping smokes. We would have been buds."
See below for more heartfelt statements from McCain's closest family members and fellow politicians including his dear friend Joe Biden.