After only three days since Herman Cain’s Twitter team gave an update about his well-being to his fellows, they now regret to inform his followers that he has passed away due to COVID-19. The obituary was posted on his Twitter account and Newsmax, a platform in which he was about to launch a program.
What We Know:
- According to Newsmax, it was reported that Cain had unfortunately died at an Atlanta-area hospital after being critically ill with the virus for several weeks. The last update revealed he was doing well but was still reliant on oxygen. No further details on his death are available as of late.
- It is still not known where exactly Cain could have contracted COVID-19, but the biggest lead right now is his attendance at President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa, OK on June 20th. The co-chair of Black Voices for Trump was pictured without a mask throughout the event. Numerous amounts of positive cases have come from the rally, including some of Trump’s own campaign staffers.
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… #HermanCain https://t.co/BtOgoLVqKz
— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) July 30, 2020
- After surviving terminal cancer in 2007, he gained newfound motivation to do something else with his life. He gathered enough traction to seek the presidential bid in 2012 when he proposed his signature “9-9-9 plan,” which suggested an even 9% corporate, income and sales tax.
- A major obstacle in his campaign came from several sexual harassment allegations, of which he denied, during his time as the head of the National Restaurant Association. A report from CNN in 2016 later revealed that the accusers ending up making accusations for “the fame”.
- Editor of Hermancain.com, Dan Calabrese, who previously mentioned Cain’s whereabouts prior to getting infected, wrote a new statement on Thursday. “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.”
- Aside from running for President, Cain had a very successful life as a business executive for Pillsbury. After starting his career at Coca Cola in the ’70s, he helped turn around hundreds of Burger King Franchises and achieved the title of CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, another subsidiary of Pillsbury, in 1986. He worked under that title for nearly a decade.
- One of Cain’s final messages over COVID-19 came in the form of a video blog on his website around June 11th. He stated: “We must continue to spread the coronavirus message: social distancing, sanitizing, hand-washing and masks. Don’t take it for granted, take it seriously.”
Cain is survived by his children Vincent and Melanie, wife Gloria, and four grandchildren.