Herman Cain, an avid Trump supporter and chairman of Black Voices for Trump has died at the age of 74 from COVID-19. Cain often downplayed the dangers of the virus.
The news of his death was shared on his personal website. He was admitted to the hospital at the beginning of July with the coronavirus. Earlier this week it was shared on his Twitter account that he was being treated with oxygen for his lungs.
He was a survivor of stage 4 cancer and in the beginning, appeared to be responding well to treatment.
Cain was photographed attending Trump’s Oklahoma rally back in June without a face mask. The rally was blamed for a spike in COVID-19 cases in the area.
Dan Calabrese, a friend of Cain’s and the editor for his websites said ‘We honestly have no idea where he contracted it. I realize people will speculate about the Tulsa rally, but Herman did a lot of traveling the past week, including to Arizona where cases are spiking. don’t think there’s any way to trace this to the one specific contact that caused him to be infected. We’ll never know.”
Prior to Donal Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore, Cain tweeted, “Masks will not be mandatory for the event, which will be attended by President Trump. PEOPLE ARE FED UP!”
Cain was a successful entrepreneur. He was also the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. Prior to Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore Cain was quoted as saying that attendees could ignore government guidance that urged Americans to wear face masks in public.
Cain made an unsuccessful bid for president back in 2011.
The initial statement that announced the news of Cain’s diagnosis stated that he was hospitalized “after he had development symptoms serious enough that he required hospitalization.” It then added: “Mr. Cain did not require a respirator, and he is awake and alert.”
Cain leaves behind his wife Gretchen, 2 children, and several grandchildren. Lawmakers and allies of Cain’s mourned him on Thursday.