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John McCain documentary to premiere on HBO on Memorial Day

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who returned to Capitol Hill after being diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain cancer, leaves the chamber as the Republican-run Senate rejected a GOP proposal to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law on July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

PHOENIX — A new HBO documentary about Arizona Sen. John McCain’s life and his health battles has a title and a release date.

“John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls” will premiere on Memorial Day, May 28, at 5 p.m. Arizona time, the premium cable network announced Tuesday.

The six-term senator agreed to take part in the project soon after being diagnosed with brain cancer last year.

HBO said the 81-year-old gave documentary filmmakers “unprecedented access to his daily life in Washington D.C. and Sedona.”

McCain was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer in July 2017. He underwent surgery for a brain tumor, and another was found a few months later.

The documentary will come on the heels of the May 22 release of McCain’s memoir, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes Great Fights, and Other Appreciations.”

The book covers McCain’s political career, including his presidential runs in 2000 and 2008, and more recent issues.

Last week, public radio broadcast an audio excerpt of the book that McCain recorded.

“I don’t know how much longer I’ll be here,” McCain read. “Maybe I’ll have another five years. Maybe with the advances in oncology, they’ll find new treatments for my cancer that will extend my life.

“Maybe I’ll be gone before you hear this. My predicament is, well, rather unpredictable.”

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