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

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

A statement on his website said: "We're heartbroken, and the world is poorer: Herman Cain has gone to be with the Lord".

Calabrese said it was unclear where Cain contracted the deadly virus, as he "did a lot of traveling" over the previous week.

The news was announced on the prominent Republican's website. On July 1, Cain tweeted that masks were not mandatory for Trump's July 4 celebration at Mount Rushmore, writing, "Masks will not be mandatory for the event, which will be attended by President Trump". He tweeted a photograph of himself without a mask at the rally surrounded by fellow Black Trump supporters also not wearing masks.

"Saddened that Herman Cain - a formidable champion of business, politics and policy - has lost his battle with Covid", he wrote on Twitter.

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

"Trump Tulsa Rally - I was there!"

Cain was reportedly planning a new television series on Newsmax in the weeks before his death.

"We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight", Calabrese said. Two Secret Service agents also tested positive.

Mr Calabrese noted that because of his history with cancer and his age, Mr Cain was in a high-risk group. Cain did not meet with President Trump at the Tulsa event, which health officials said was a "likely" source of a coronavirus surge in Oklahoma.

Cain was born on December 13, 1945, in Memphis, TN, and grew up on the west side of Atlanta.

Cain held a string of corporate executive positions throughout his life, most prominently from 1986 to 1996 as president and chief executive of Godfather's Pizza, a national chain that he transformed into a success after it had been teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.

Herman Cain was leading the Republican polls in the 2012 primary for a brief period of time.

Although he denied the accusations against him, his popularity soon suffered and he suspended his campaign.

Cain's survivors include his wife, Gloria Etchison, and two children, Melanie and Vincent.

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