The former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has died, his official website and the conservative website Newsmax said on Thursday.
He was 74.
Cain tested positive for the novel coronavirus earlier this month, 11 days after attending President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He tweeted a photo of himself at the rally in which neither he nor those around him wore masks.
The day before he was hospitalized, Cain expressed support for the Trump campaign’s decision not to require masks at an Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore.
“Cain, who recently joined Newsmax TV and was set to launch a weekly show, died in an Atlanta-area hospital where he had been critically ill for several weeks, the conservative website Newsmax reported on Thursday.
“He was admitted on July 1, two days after being diagnosed with COVID-19.”
Cain’s official website also announced the news in a blog post.
“Herman Cain our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us has passed away,wrote Dan Calabrese, an editor for the website. “He’s entering the presence of the Saviour he’s served as an associate minister at Antioch Baptist Church in Atlanta for, and preparing for his reward.”
It’s unclear how Cain contracted COVID-19. He tested positive for the disease 11 days after attending a campaign rally for President Donald Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma.