Former GOP presidential candidate and business tycoon Herman Cain died of COVID-19 on Thursday at the age of 74.
Cain, who had hoped to become the first Black politician to win the GOP nomination back in 2012, was born in the segregated south where his father worked a variety of jobs such as a barber, janitor, and chauffeur. He graduated from Morehouse college then went on to receive his master’s degree from Purdue University. Cain later worked as a civilian mathematician for the U.S. Navy.
Cain’s ambition lead him into the corporate world where he became a business pundit successfully steering businesses like Coca-Cola, Pillsbury, Burger King, and Godfather’s Pizza to profitability. He also became the chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of America before running against former President Obama as a presidential nominee for the Republican party. Cain was as avid Trump supporter and was the co-chair of Black Voices for Trump.
Cain had battled stage four colon cancer and recovered through chemotherapy and has been in remission since 2006, however his health had him at an increased risk for COVID-19. Cain had tested positive for the virus on June 29th and died at an Atlanta hospital early Thursday morning.
Cain’s Twitter account and website page announced his death stating, “Herman Cain- our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us- has passed away. You’re never ready for the kind of news we are grappling with this morning. But we have no choice but to seek and find God’s strength and comfort to deal with it. We’re heartbroken, and the world is poorer: Herman Cain has gone to be with the Lord.”
President Trump gave his condolences in a tweet on Thursday: “My friend Herman Cain, a Powerful Voice of Freedom and all that is goof, passed this morning. 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 a great friend. I just got off…”
Cain is survived by his wife, Gloria Etchison, their children and grandchildren.
My friend Herman Cain, a Powerful Voice of Freedom and all that is good, passed away this morning. 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. I just got off…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020
— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) July 30, 2020