Jean ‘Sandy’ Morgan, sister of late Sen. John McCain, dies at 85

The McCain family has suffered yet another heartbreaking loss.

Jean Alexandra “Sandy” Morgan, sister of the late Sen. John McCain, died Wednesday morning at age 85, the Washington Examiner reported

John McCain’s widow Cindy said Morgan died “peacefully” at home. Her late husband and his siblings “are together again,” Cindy McCain tweeted.

“Heartfelt condolences”

“My children join me in extending our heartfelt condolences to Sandy’s daughters, Alex and Kate, and to John and Sandy’s mother, Roberta McCain, who has had to say goodbye to two of her children,” Cindy McCain added in a written statement. “May God lighten their bereavement with the knowledge that Sandy is at home with the Lord, and reunited with her husband, Henry, and her brother, John.”

Both Morgan and her brother were born in the Panama Canal Zone to Navy Admiral John “Jack” McCain Jr. and Roberta McCain and were raised in Virginia.

The late Sen. McCain served in the Navy and was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five years. He also served in Congress for 35 years and ran for president as the Republican nominee twice, in 2000 and again in 2008.

John McCain died in 2018 following a battle with glioblastoma, an especially aggressive form of brain cancer, according to TIME magazine.

Fierce family defender

During the 2000 presidential primary, Morgan didn’t hesitate to vigorously defend her brother after then-Governor George W. Bush implied that Sen. McCain didn’t support breast cancer research.

While John McCain did stand in opposition to the particular grants being proposed at the time, the reason he cited for his lack of support was that customary federal appropriations processes had not been followed and that he believed all such programs need to face similar budgetary scrutiny.

“It’s absurd because I’ve followed his voting record, and I know how he feels and how supportive he’s been as a loving brother,” she told the New York Post at the time.

“It annoys me because it’s just another attack on my brother, which is unwarranted,” Morgan added.

Besides her daughters, Morgan is survived by her mother Roberta, 107, and by younger brother Joe, 77. Her husband, U.S. Navy Adm. Henry Sturgis Morgan, Jr., passed away back in 2011.

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