WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Former Republican presidential aspirant Herman Cain has died due to coronavirus, his official website wrote on Thursday.
- Paying his last honor to Cain, President Donald Trump described him as “a Powerful Voice of Freedom and all that is good.”
- Cain was present at Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20. He even shared a photo of himself alongside other attendees without any face coverings.
According to his website, former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, 74 years old, has succumbed to COVID-19.
“Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us — has passed away,” Dan Calabrese, Cain’s website editor said on Thursday morning.
On June 29, Cain was confined to the hospital after contracting COVID-19. He already knew that it was “going to be a rough fight” as he just braved a cancer diagnosis and was also vulnerable given his age and current condition, Calabrese wrote.
Calabrese’s write-up further said: “We all prayed that the initial meds they gave him would get his breathing back to normal, but it became clear pretty quickly that he was in for a battle.”
“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… I’m sorry I had to bring you bad news this morning. But the good news is that we had a man so good, so solid, so full of love and faith…that his death hits us this hard. Thank God for a man like that.” he added.
In a statement, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that Cain “embodied the American Dream and represented the very best of the American spirit.”
“Our hearts grieve for his loved ones, and they will remain in our prayers at this time. We will never forget his legacy of grace, patriotism, and faith,” McEnany said.
Paying tribute to his fellow Republican, President Donald Trump described Cain as “a Powerful Voice of Freedom and all that is good.”
“Herman had an incredible career and was adored by everyone that ever met him, especially me. He was a very special man, an American Patriot, and great friend,” the president tweeted.
Cain was present at Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20. He even shared a photo of himself alongside other attendees without any face coverings.
Aside from being known as a presidential candidate in 2011, Cain was also popular for his “9-9-9 plan,” a dubious design to change the tax code with a nine percent each of business transaction tax, personal income tax, and federal sales tax.
He dropped from the presidential race in December 2011 after receiving sexual harassment allegations from numerous women during his stint as CEO of the National Restaurant Associations. Cain belied all the allegations.
Cain is survived by his family, Gloria (wife), Melanie and Vincent (children), and several grandchildren, Calabrese wrote.
Source: CBS News