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McCain family mourning after John McCain's dog dies in 'tragic accident'

Burma, the family's Chesapeake Bay retriever, stayed by the late senator's side following his death.
/ Source: TODAY

The McCain family is mourning the loss of the beloved canine companion who was constantly by the side of Sen. John McCain in his final years.

Cindy McCain, 64, revealed in an Instagram post on Monday that Burma, the Chesapeake Bay retriever who was given to her late husband as a birthday present years ago, died in a "tragic accident."

She wrote that Burma died in an accident at the family's Hidden Valley Ranch in Arizona and is "with the one she loved most in heaven now @senjohnmccain." This comes about eight months after John McCain died at 81 from brain cancer.

Meghan McCain, 34, also wrote an emotional Instagram message in memory of the dog who had formed a close bond with her father.

"Every time I think my heart can’t be broken any further...our dog Burma was my fathers birthday present years ago and was absolutely and truly devoted to him,'' she wrote. "She would never leave his side, followed him around every single step when he would walk around our ranch, slept by his side every night and we always said Chesapeake bay retrievers were the most affectionate breed of dogs."

John McCain was often pictured with Burma, including a shot with his wife at Meghan McCain's wedding in 2017.

Burma also remained by his side following his death. Cindy McCain posted a poignant photo in February of the dog at a grave marker for her husband at the family's ranch.

"The love this dog gave him was equal to a family member,'' Meghan McCain continued in her Instagram post on Monday. "I love you Burma and hope you’re in heaven jumping into creeks, chasing sticks and fish with Dad."