Herman Cain, a former African-American presidential candidate, died after being hospitalized with the coronavirus, said a CNBC report.
He was 74.
Cain’s colleague, Dan Calabrese, announced his death Thursday on the former’s website.
Calabrese edited the site and had previously written about his colleague’s diagnosis.
He said in the blog post:
“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 liked having him here with us, and we held out hope he’d have a full recovery.”
He is among the highest-profile public figures in the United States to have died from Covid-19, said the report.
Cain is a stage 5 cancer survivor, hence, he had failing health.
Despite that, he still attended Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, less than two weeks before receiving his diagnosis.
He also tweeted a photograph of himself at Trump’s rally.
In the photo, he showed that he was surrounded by other attendees, and none of them appeared to be wearing masks or other protective gear.
He announced on July 2 that he was hospitalized.
The Trump campaign claimed that Cain had not met with the president in Tulsa.
“There is no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus.”
In 2019, President Trump once considered him for the Federal Reserve Board, but he withdrew his nomination after some Republican senators did not back his appointment.
Condolences From The President
Trump tweeted his condolences for Cain and his family:
“My friend Herman Cain, a Powerful Voice of Freedom and all that is good, passed away this morning.
“Herman had an incredible career and was adored by everyone that ever met him, especially me.”
“He was a very special man, an American Patriot, and a great friend.”