Herman Cain, a former pizza company executive turned Republican presidential contender, died Thursday morning almost a month after he was hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. He was 74.
“You’re never ready for the kind of news we are grappling with this morning,” read a tweet written by his staff. “But we have no choice but to seek and find God’s strength and comfort to deal.”
“Herman Cain has gone to be with the Lord,” read the announcement.
One of the country’s most prominent Black Republicans, Cain was a candidate in the 2012 GOP presidential primary and famously ran on a platform that included a 9-9-9 tax plan, advocating for income, corporate, and national sales taxes of 9% each.
He previously served as the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.
In 2019, President Trump nominated him to serve on the Federal Reserve Board, but Cain later withdrew after allegations of sexual harassment resurfaced.
When news of Cain’s hospitalization was announced 12 days later, Cain’s staff said there was no way of knowing where he had contracted the virus.
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