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Former Presidential Candidate Herman Cain Dies Of COVID-19

Herman Cain was 74.

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has died from coronavirus. An obituary for Cain was shared on his Twitter account Thursday morning.

“Although he was basically pretty healthy in recent years, he was still in a high-risk group because of his history with cancer. We all prayed so hard every day. We knew the time would come when the Lord would call him home, but we really liked having him here with us, and we held out hope he’d have a full recovery,” a part of the obituary reads.

The 74-year-old was hospitalized earlier this month. According to the obituary, it seemed as if Cain was on his way to recovery, with the obituary noting: “There were hopeful indicators, including a mere five days ago when doctors told us they thought he would eventually recover, although it wouldn’t be quick.”

It’s unknown where Cain contracted the virus.

“We honestly have no idea where he contracted it. I realize people will speculate about the Tulsa rally, but Herman did a lot of traveling the past week, including to Arizona where cases are spiking,” Dan Calabrese, who has been editor of HermanCain.com since 2012, said in a post earlier this month about Cain’s coronavirus diagnosis.

Cain had attended Donald Trump’s June 20 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where it was later revealed that at least eight of Trump’s advance team staffers had tested positive for the virus.

Cain announced his candidacy for president in 2011, and ran on a plan called the 9-9-9 tax reform plan, which would have replaced almost all current taxes with a 9% income tax, a 9% corporate tax and a 9% national sales tax. He dropped out of the race about seven months in amid sexual harassment allegations, which he denied.

Elijah C. Watson

Elijah Watson serves as Okayplayer's News & Culture Editor. When he's not writing he's listening to Sade and crying or watching My Hero Academia with his partner.

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