Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain dies at 74 from COVID-19 complications

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 30th, 2020 12:40 pm

Last Updated Jul 31st, 2020 at 10:03 am

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain died Thursday after being hospitalized for coronavirus. He was 74.

Cain's death was announced on his website and Facebook page.

"Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us – has passed away. We all prayed so hard every day. We knew the time would come when the Lord would call him home, but we really liked having him here with us, and we held out hope he'd have a full recovery," the statement written by site editor Dan Calabrese said.

Cain, who was also the co-chair of Black Voices for Trump, tested positive for coronavirus on June 29, and was sent to an Atlanta hospital for treatment two days later. It is unknown where Cain contracted the virus.

Although Cain was reportedly fairly healthy, he was still in a high-risk group due to his battle with stage 4 colon cancer in 2006.

Cain first entered politics as an economic advisor to Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign. He would later announce his candidacy for president in 2011, briefly gaining traction in the race for his 9-9-9 tax reform plan. He eventually dropped out of contention amid sexual harassment allegations, which he denied.

Cain had also just started hosting a new show on Newsmax TV – an endeavor Calabrese said he was "excited and pumped" about.

Cain is survived by his wife Gloria and his children, Melanie and Vincent.


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