Dave Chappelle Attends John McCain's Memorial Service, Calls Him A "Symbol Of National Unity"

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Dave Chappelle paid his respects to John McCain this weekend when he visited the late senator's casket in Washington, D.C.

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Speaking with TMZ, the comedian revealed why he was compelled to attend McCain's memorial service.

"Hey, man there's a video somewhere on the internet of John McCain dancing the robot with Jamie Foxx. And he looks so alive and so happy — it looked like so much fun," he said. "And in these divisive times now, I like that he has become a symbol of national unity, so I came to pay my respects."

Chappelle said he wanted to attend Aretha Franklin's funeral as well but was unable to make it out to Detroit where the memorial service took place. Franklin's funeral also occurred this weekend.

Stevie Wonder also paid his respects to McCain during a live performance.

"This song goes out to Sen. John McCain," Wonder said while performing in Atlantic City. "I wanted to see him before he left this planet, but I didn’t see him. I didn’t get the chance. But he grew to know compassion was not about any political party. It was about loving people for just the way they are."

"God bless his soul," Wonder added. "Let us send his family love. I send you all my love, all my prayers." Wonder then went into a cover of Billy Joel‘s "Just the Way You Are."

McCain died Saturday in Arizona after a long battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer. The Republican lawmaker was 81 years old when he passed away.