Herman Cain, the former 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has died of coronavirus, his team announced on his website on Thursday.
He tested positive for Covid-19 in early July and was admitted to hospital not long afterwards, where he had been receiving oxygen.
Cain, 74, and a figure in the pantheon of Donald Trump’s campaign surrogates, albeit not a major player, had attended the rally for Trump’s re-election campaign in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20.
Health officials had warned that attendees at that rally could contract coronavirus, although it was not clear when Cain became infected.
“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. Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us – has passed away,” Dan Calabrese, the editor of Cain’s website wrote on the site.
“He’s entering the presence of the Savior he’s served as an associate minister at Antioch Baptist Church in Atlanta for, and preparing for his reward,” the statement added.
Calabrese further wrote: “We knew when he was first hospitalized with Covid-19 that this was going to be a rough fight. He had trouble breathing and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. 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.”
He said that the family and staff did not release detailed updates on his condition, and there had been hopeful indicators, “including a mere five days ago when doctors told us they thought he would eventually recover, although it wouldn’t be quick”.
“We were relieved to be told that, and passed on the news via Herman’s social media. And yet 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,” Calabrese said.
Cain was 74. Calabrese added: “Although he was basically pretty healthy in recent years, he was still in a high-risk group because of his history with cancer.”
“His wife Gloria – his children Melanie and Vincent, and his grandchildren, they need our love, our support and our prayers.”
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