Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain dies after battle with COVID-19

Herman Cain speaking during a Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans in 2011

"My friend Herman Cain, a Powerful Voice of Freedom and all that is good, passed away this morning", Mr Trump wrote.

As recently as Monday, an update on Cain's website said he was still being treated with oxygen, but his organs were "strong".

Herman Cain speaks in Washington on June 20, 2014.

Cain furiously denied the allegations, which he described as a "witch hunt" - but more women came forward, and there were also reports that his campaign had been illegally funded by a tax-exempt charity, Prosperity USA, and in December 2011 he announced that he was standing down.

Mr Cain, who in 2006 survived late-stage colon cancer, is one of the best-known U.S. victims of Covid-19.

He didn't know when or how he contracted the disease, the statement said.

At the time, Cain's team said he did not require a respirator and that he was resting comfortably at the hospital in the Atlanta area.

"We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight".

He tweeted a photograph of himself at the rally, not wearing a mask, in a group of other maskless Trump fans. "My Journey to the White House".

Loss of life to this disease is a tragedy and it is unfortunate that Cain did not appear to treat his chances of infection as seriously as he should have (his age, 74, and status as a cancer survivor were both risk factors).

Mr Cain said he returned the franchise to profitability.

Cain briefly vaulted to the top of the pack of Republican presidential contenders in 2011 on the strength of his catchy 9-9-9 tax plan, which advocated replacing taxes with a 9% personal income tax, 9% federal sales tax, and a 9% corporate tax. He chose to drop out of the race following these allegations and denied all claims.

He graduated from Morehouse College, a historically black college for men in Atlanta, received a master's degree from Purdue University and worked as a civilian mathematician in the US Navy.

In 2019, Mr Trump sounded him out to sit on the Federal Reserve Board, but he withdrew his nomination after several Republican senators refused to back his appointment. Cain is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren.

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