One-Time US Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain Dies From COVID

Herman Cain Dead at 74 from COVID-19, Got Sick After Trump Tulsa Rally

Cain spun his success in the pizza business and as a lobbyist, along with his charismatic personality, into a run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

"Herman Cain - our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us - has passed away", wrote Dan Calabrese on Cain's website Thursday.

"Although he was basically pretty healthy in recent years, he was still in a high-risk group because of his history with cancer", Calabrese said.

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"I'm sorry I had to bring you bad news this morning".

Cain, 74, learned of his diagnosis on June 29, nine days after attending a Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he and many others crowded together without wearing face masks aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Cain was a "Powerful Voice of Freedom and all that is good", Trump wrote on social media before hailing the fellow Republican for having an incredible career and being liked by everyone he met.

Both he and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, loved Cain, Trump added.

Several Trump campaign staffers and Secret Services employees tested positive for COVID-19 before the rally and self-quarantined. On 7 July, a post from his Twitter account said "doctors are trying to make sure his oxygen levels are right". "And yet we also felt real concern about the fact that he never quite seemed to get to the point where the doctors could advance him to the recovery phase", Calabrese said.

Ellen Carmichael, a Republican strategist and former spokeswoman for Mr. Cain's presidential campaign, tried to pre-empt ghoulish commentary on his death.

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".

Cain briefly pulled ahead of eventual Republican nominee Mitt Romney in political surveys a year ahead of the election, but he withdrew from the race in December 2011, after two women accused him of sexual harassment while he was chief executive of the National Restaurant Association from 1996 to 1999. He made a decision to drop out of the race following these allegations and denied all claims.

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