Herman Cain, a former presidential hopeful who was once considered by Trump for the Federal Reserve, has died after being hospitalized with the coronavirus.
Cain’s death was just announced on his website by Dan Calabrese, who edits the site,
“Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us – has passed away.
This tweet was deleted after Cain’s death
Less than two weeks before receiving his diagnosis, Cain had attended Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A vocal supporter of Trump, Cain tweeted a photograph of himself at the rally surrounded by other attendees, none of whom appeared to be wearing masks or other protective gear.
Cain is among the highest-profile public figures in the United States to have died from Covid-19. He was hospitalized in Atlanta on July 1, two days after being told he had tested positive for Covid-19.
He did not require a respirator and was “awake and alert” when he checked in to the hospital, the statement said.
“Please join with us in praying for Mr. Cain, and for everyone who has contracted the coronavirus – as well as their families.”
Cain’s social media accounts occasionally provided vague updates on his condition. A message on July 5 said he was “making progress” and that “more encouraging news” was expected to come soon. Two days later, Cain’s Twitter account said
“doctors are trying to make sure his oxygen levels are right.”
On July 10, another tweet said Cain himself described his status as “cruise control,” because
“the progress is slow but his breathing is getting stronger every day. Make no mistake: He is improving!”
Herman Cain was 74.
Update: Herman wants to thank everyone for praying for him. It’s making a difference. He’s still in the hospital but he’s making progress and we expect to hear more encouraging news as the week progresses. So thank you, everyone, and keep them coming! God is listening.— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) July 5, 2020
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