It is not known when or where Cain was infected, but he was hospitalized less than two weeks after attending US President Donald Trump’s campaign rally on June 20 in Tulsa, Okla. Cain, not seen wearing a mask on available photos of the event, did not meet Trump there.
Cain had entered an Atlanta-area hospital for treatment on July 1.
“We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that it was going to be a tough fight,” reads an article posted on his Twitter account. “He was having trouble breathing and was taken to hospital by ambulance. We all prayed that the first medication they gave him would allow him to get his breathing back to normal, but it quickly became clear that he was going to fight.
You are never ready for the kind of news we are dealing with this morning. But we have no choice but to seek and find the strength and comfort of God to face… #HermanCain https://t.co/BtOgoLVqKz
– @ THEHermanCain
In a condolence tweet Thursday, Trump described Cain as “a mighty voice of freedom and all that is good.”
“Herman has had an amazing career and was adored by everyone who met him, especially me,” Trump wrote. “He was a very special man, an American patriot and a great friend. “
Cain briefly rose to the top of the polls in the 2012 Republican presidential nomination race although he never held a political office stressing the need to simplify the tax code with what he has called the 9-9-9 plan.
During the election campaign, he said he was diagnosed in 2006 with stage 4 liver cancer and his doctors gave him little hope of long-term survival.
The Georgian eventually disappeared in the polls, with allegations of sexual harassment and an extramarital affair soon surfacing. He also stumbled upon answers to debate when tested on his knowledge of American foreign policy.
Mitt Romney, who emerged as the Republican nominee in that contest and now serves as a senator from Utah, helped lead tributes to Cain on social media, calling him a “formidable champion of business, politics and politics”.
Sad that Herman Cain – a formidable champion of business, politics and politics – lost his battle against Covid. Saint-Pierre will soon hear “999!” Keep up the fight, my friend.
[email protected] Romney
Florida Democrat Ted Deutch said he was “shaken by the death of Mr. Cain”.
“Like so many of the 150,000+ COVID-19 deaths in America, Herman Cain’s death was preventable, heartbreaking, senseless and infuriating,” Deutch said.
White House Press Secretary Kaleigh McEnany expressed condolences, saying Cain “embodied the American dream and represented the best of the American spirit.”
Trump postulated that Cain held a position in the Federal Reserve in 2019, but after opposition arose he was not proposed as a candidate. He had been president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City decades earlier.
Trump has been criticized for staging the event in the Grand Arena despite warnings from public health experts that it is not yet safe to hold mass rallies.
Over 6,000 people attended the rally at the BOK Center. At least six campaign staff and two members of the Secret Service working before the Tulsa rally have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Cain has remained involved in conservative politics recently as a commentator on Newsmax, which was the first outlet to report his death on Thursday.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Gloria Etchison, as well as their children and grandchildren.