Former GOP Presidential Candidate Herman Cain, 74, Dies of COVID-19

Herman Cain dead at 74

Herman Cain, a maverick conservative Republican businessman who briefly led the race for the US party's 2012 presidential nomination, died Thursday from the coronavirus.

At his death, Cain was chairman of Black Voices for Trump.

The news of his death was posted on twitter with a statement from his loved ones.

If there is one thing that 2020 has taught us so far, it's that COVID-19 does not discriminate. "We all prayed that the initial meds they gave him would get his breathing back to normal, but it became clear pretty quickly that he was in for a battle". Cain died in an Atlanta-area hospital, where he was admitted in early July, according to Newsmax, where he had been set to launch a weekly television program.

"My friend Herman Cain, a Powerful Voice of Freedom and all that is good, passed away this morning". Cain tweeted a photo of him sitting with a group of people, none of whom were wearing a mask.

In a post on Twitter, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Cain "embodied the American Dream and represented the very best of the American spirit".

Herman Cain was born on December 13 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee; his mother, Lenora, née Davis, was a domestic cleaner, while his father Luther was a janitor and barber, and chauffeur to the president of Coca-Cola, Robert Woodruff.

Mr was a prominent executive for Burger King, before becoming the CEO of Godfather's Pizza, a popular fast food chain.

Mr Cain, 74, ran in the 2012 Republican presidential primary won by Mitt Romney and was a successful businessman.

He was briefly the front-runner - before any votes were cast - on the strength of his 9-9-9 tax plan.

But his run was short lived, as he struggled to respond to accusations that he had sexually harassed several women and a later news report alleging that the National Restaurant Association had paid settlements to two former employees over sexual harassment claims.

The funeral service for civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis was televised on all the major channels today, featuring moving eulogies from three former presidents, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama, all of whom earned praise for their warm words.

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