Herman Cain, who ran for president in the 2012 election, has passed away at age 74 from coronavirus complications.
In a blog post published to Cain’s website on Thursday, writer Dan Calabrese announced that the politician and businessman had died that morning.
“You’re never ready for the kind of news we are grappling with this morning. But we have no choice but to seek and find God’s strength and comfort to deal with it,” Calabrese wrote. “Herman Cain — our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us — has passed away. He’s entering the presence of the Savior he’s served as an associate minister at Antioch Baptist Church in Atlanta for, and preparing for his reward.”
Earlier this month, Cain’s Twitter account announced that the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza had tested positive for COVID-19 on June 29 two days after exhibiting serious symptoms, and was hospitalized in Atlanta beginning July 1.
“There is no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus, but we do know he is a fighter who has beaten Stage 4 cancer,” the statement read, referencing the cancer that was in Cain’s colon and liver.
We are sorry to announce that Herman Cain has tested positive for COVID-19, and is currently receiving treatment in an Atlanta-area hospital.— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) July 2, 2020
Please keep him, and all who are battling this virus, in your prayers.
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On June 20, Cain, who was a co-chair of Black Voices for Trump, attended President Donald Trump’s controversial rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ahead of the event, Cain had tweeted, "Masks will not be mandatory for the event, which will be attended by President Trump. PEOPLE ARE FED UP!" The tweet has since been deleted.
Following the event, Trump’s campaign confirmed that at least eight staffers had tested positive for COVID-19.
This week, Cain’s Twitter revealed that the Newsmax contributor was being treated with oxygen for his lungs, but that doctors said “his other organs and systems are strong.”
We know it's been a few days since we last gave you an update on the boss. But he is still in the hospital being treated with oxygen for his lungs. In the meantime, the doctors say his other organs and systems are strong.— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) July 27, 2020
We'd like him to be able to come home now, which is frustrating, but we're glad the doctors are being thorough and making sure they do the job right. Thank you for praying, everyone. Please keep doing it. He really is getting better, which means it is working.— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) July 27, 2020
Cain was chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Omaha Branch from 1989-1991, was deputy chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City from 1992-1994, and then became chairman until 1996.
Cain also served as president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association from 1996-1999.
After announcing his 2012 presidential candidacy in May 2011, Cain was the subject of sexual misconduct allegations, which he denied. His campaign announced its suspension on December 3 of that year.
He is survived by his wife Gloria, his children Melanie and Vincent, and several grandchildren.