Herman Cain, 2012 GOP Presidential Candidate, Dies Of Coronavirus

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ATLANTA, GA — Former GOP presidential candidate and longtime conservative media figure Herman Cain died Thursday after being hospitalized with the coronavirus. He was 74.

The announcement was made Thursday morning on Cain’s website.

“Herman Cain — our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us — has passed away,” wrote Dan Calabrese, who edits the website. “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.”

Cain is one of the best-known public figures in the United States to have died from COVID-19.

As the co-chair for Black Voices for Trump, Cain was in attendance for President Donald Trump's June 20 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where at least eight Trump advance team staffers tested positive for the virus, according to a CNN report.

While in Tulsa, Cain tweeted a photo of himself surrounded by supporters, none of whom were wearing masks or other protective gear. He was hospitalized in Atlanta on July 1, two days after being diagnosed positive for the coronavirus.

Cain had previously survived stage 4 colon cancer in 2011.

United States Senator Mike Braun, a Republican from Indiana, was among the first to memorialize Cain after his death.

"Herman Cain was an inspiration to me to leave my business for the Senate, and a voice for all who are fed up with business as usual in D.C.," Braun tweeted Thursday morning. "Cain's message to the private sector was his message to all Americans: don't put up with the status quo, get in the ring and change it."

Cain, who grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Morehouse College, ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2012. In 2019, Trump considered nominating him to a vacant seat on the Federal Reserve Board, but Cain later withdrew in the face of political opposition because of sexual harassment allegations leveled against him during his presidential campaign. Cain had denied all accusations, calling them "false and unproved."

Cain also had a long career in conservative media, first at WSB Radio in Atlanta, where he hosted a talk show and eventually replaced Neal Boortz. His radio show was syndicated for several years before he transitioned to regular short commentaries on the station. Cain was also a contributor for Fox News and was set to start hosting a show for Newsmax TV.

Cain is survived by his wife, Gloria, and his two children, Melanie and Vincent. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Patch reporter Tim Moran contributed to this story.

This article originally appeared on the East Cobb Patch