ATLANTA—Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has died at the age of 74 after he was hospitalized with the coronavirus, his family confirmed Thursday.
“You’re never ready for the kind of news we are grappling with this morning” Mr. Cain’s family wrote in a statement published on his Website, “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. 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 continued.
The conservative businessman became ill after he contracted the coronavirus and was admitted to a hospital on July 1.
At the time, he said he didn’t know where he had contracted the virus.
Mr. Cain, the former president of Godfather’s Pizza, tested positive for COVID-19 after he attended President Donald J. Trump’s rally in Tulsa on June 20, when he was photographed in the stands without a mask.
President Donald J. Trump paid tribute to Mr. Cain as a “very special man” and an “American patriot,” and showed a photo of the two shaking hands.
“My friend, Herman Cain, a powerful voice of freedom and all that is good, passed away this morning,” the president said. “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 the phone with his amazing wife, Gloria Cain; daughter, Melanie Cain, and son, Vincent Cain, to express my deepest condolences to the entire family”
Mr. Cain spent nearly a month on a ventilator in an Atlanta hospital.
In an update early last week, his family described a “long and slow process” to recovery.
In 2006, Mr. Cain was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer and given a 30 percent chance of survival after it spread to his liver, but was declared cancer-free the following year.
Mr. Cain suspend his campaign amid sexual misconduct allegations, which he denied.
The Tennessee-born business executive was a close friend of Mr. Trump and, in April 2019, the president announced he was considering nominating him to the Federal Reserve Board.
But Mr. Cain, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, said he asked the president to withdraw his name, claiming “enemies” were already digging up negative stories about him from his failed 2011 White House run.
“I’m not going to let the accusers run my life or determine my career,” he said.
Mr. Cain joined conservative network Newsmax TV in April, where he hosted the weekend show, “Herman Cain’s America.”