Senator John McCain, 80, has been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor, according to a statement released by his family and the Mayo Clinic. The news comes after McCain underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on Friday at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. According to CNN, lab results from the surgery confirmed the presence of brain cancer associated with the blood clot. Specifically, the Arizona senator has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, which the American Brain Tumor Association describes as “very aggressive.”
The statement McCain released with his family reveals that they are currently reviewing medical treatment options.
Read on to learn more about McCain’s family.
1. He Has 7 Children
McCain has 7 children: three daughters and four sons. Douglas McCain, 57. Andrew McCain, 55. Sidney McCain, 50. Meghan McCain, 32. John Sidney McCain IV, 31. James McCain, 29 Bridget McCain, 25.
The senator was married to his first wife, Carol Shepp, from 1965 to 1980, and adopted her sons from a previous marriage. Doug, a pilot for American Airlines, and Andy, who is an executive at the family beer distribution company, Hensley & Co. Together, John and Carol had Sidney, who is in the music business.
McCain married his second wife, Cindy Hensley, in 1980. Together, the couple had three children: Meghan, Jack, and Jimmy. They also adopted a daughter, Bridget.
2. His Daughter Meghan Released a Statement On Wednesday Afternoon About His Cancer
On Wednesday afternoon, John’s daughter, Meghan McCain, released a statement regarding her father, shown above. In the statement, she writes, “Cancer may afflict him in many ways: but it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has.”
Meghan graduated from Columbia University and is an American columnist, author, and Fox News host and contributor. While traveling with her father in 2008, she penned a blog, called McCain Blogette, in which she chronicled her experiences on the campaign trail.
In 2008, Meghan wrote a children’s picture book titled “My Dad: John McCain”. Less than a year later, she signed a book deal with Hyperion, and in 2010, Meghan published a campaign memoir titled Dirty Sexy Politics.
3. His Youngest Daughter Was Adopted from Bangladesh
In 1991, Cindy brought home a three-month-old girl home from a Bangladeshi orphanage run by the late Mother Teresa in Dhaka to help her receive medical attention. The girl suffered from a cleft palate that was so severe she could not eat. John and Cindy subsequently adopted the young girl and named her Bridget.
In 2008, Bridget made an appearance at her father’s presidential campaign where a former aide, Wes Gullett, spoke about how Bridget came to be part of the McCain family. According to The Telegraph, John McCain first learned of Bridget when he met his wife at the airport in Arizona. He reportedly asked Cindy, “Where is she going?” and Cindy replied, “To our house.” During the campaign, Gullett said, “I remember John’s face. That day he was not the tough war hero senator. He was like every other new father, full of love and emotion.”
Today, Bridget is 25, and graduated from Arizona State University.
4. His Youngest Sons Are In the Military
McCain’s two youngest sons, Jack and Jimmy, are in the military. Jimmy is a Marine, and has served tours in Iraq. John is a Navy lieutenant and helicopter pilot.
Last year, Jack made headlines after calling people who criticized an Old Navy ad featuring an interracial couple “ignorant racists.” In response to the criticism about the ad, Jack tweeted, “To the people upset about the #OldNavy ‘Scandal’ of a picture of a mixed race marriage, eat it.”
Jack is married to a black woman, Air Force Reserve Captain Renee Swift. The couple wed in 2013 at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. According to the Washington Post, he was one of the many who responded to the criticism by posting a picture of his own mixed-race family.
5. His 105-Year-Old Mother Is Alive
McCain’s mother, Roberta, is alive today at 105-years-old.
Roberta was born on February 7, 1912, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She eloped to Admiral John S. McCain, Jr. in Caesar’s bar in Tijuana, Mexico in January 1933. Together, the couple has three children: Jean “Sandy” McCain, John McCain, and Joseph Pinckney McCain.
Roberta had an identical twin sister, Rowena, who died at age 99 in 2011. Rowena’s obituary read, “She was remembered by all that met her. She kept her remarkable beauty throughout her life. All that knew her will miss her.”
Roberta was involved in her son’s 2008 presidential campaign. She’s spent some time in the limelight– in 2009, she was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and in 2008, she was featured in a fashion shoot for Vogue.