Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain died on Thursday after being hospitalized for COVID-19. His death was announced on his website by editor Dan Calabrese who said the American businessman and Christian had “gone to be with the Lord.” He was 74 years old.
Cain, who was also co-chair of Black Voices for Trump, tested positive for coronavirus on June 29. Just two days later, he was admitted to an Atlanta hospital. Although his social media account stated that he was “awake and alert” when he checked in, prayers were requested on his behalf.
“Please join with us in praying for Mr. Cain, and for everyone who has contracted the coronavirus — as well as their families,” the Twitter post read.
Cain’s social media accounts kept his followers up to date on his condition, noting any changes to his health. A message posted on July 5 said he was “making progress” and that “more encouraging news” was expected soon.
Another post on July 10 said Cain’s “progress is slow but his breathing is getting stronger every day.” The account ensured that Cain was improving.
Unfortunately, Cain never fully recovered, and succumbed to the virus. He had previously battled and defeated stage 4 colon cancer back in 2006. Although, it had gone into remission he was still in a “high-risk group,” according to his website.
Cain’s death was also confirmed on his Twitter account.
“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,” the tweet reads.
Prior to jumping into politics, Cain was very successful in the corporate world. In the mid to late 1970s, he worked for Coca-Cola and the Pillsbury Company. He quickly climbed the ladder to eventually be named the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. He would later become a leader of the National Restaurant Association.
Although he gained national attention for confronting President Bill Clinton at a 1994 town hall meeting over the Democrat’s health care plan, he first officially entered politics two years later. He was a senior adviser on Bob Dole’s presidential campaign.
Cain would eventually announce his candidacy for the 2012 presidential race. He briefly gained traction during the race due to his 9-9-9-tax reform plan. Unfortunately, he dropped out of the race amid allegations of sexual harassment, which he adamantly denied.
Throughout the duration of his career, Cain was open about his Christian faith. He credited much of his success in life to his faith and said it defined who he was as a person.
“Faith has been a big part of my life, all of my life. I joined the Baptist Church at the age of 10. It’s the same church my parents joined in the mid-1940s,” he had said previously.
“Our parents took us to church. They were involved in the church. We got involved in the church. As I got older, my faith grew. You have to develop your own level of faith as you get older. It has always been a big part of my life.”
Cain recalled that his faith was heavily tested “when I was diagnosed with stage-four cancer” in 2006.
“My faith helped me get through that experience. It has always been a big part of our lives and it always will. It shapes my values,” he said.