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Former presidential candidate Herman Cain dies

Former Godfather's Pizza CEO battled COVID-19

ATLANTA — Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, has died from complications of COVID-19. He was 74.

Cain’s death was announced Thursday on Twitter. The co-chair of Black Voices for Trump had been hospitalized since July 1 with symptoms of COVID-19. He tested positive two days earlier.

It is unclear where Cain caught the virus, however, some media outlets have reported that he showed COVID symptoms two weeks after attending Trump’s Tulsa, Oklahoma, campaign event in June.

“We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight,” according to an article on his website.“He had trouble breathing and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. We all prayed that the initial meds they gave him would get his breathing back to normal, but it became clear pretty quickly that he was in for a battle.”

Cain eventually became a leading GOP candidate in the 2012 presidential election, which, had he been nominated, would have made him the first Black Republican nominee. However, he suspended his campaign in late 2011 after a number of women accused him of sexual harassment. While he denied the allegations, it was leaked that the National Restaurant Association paid two women to settlements to two former employees who claimed Cain harassed them when he was CEO and president of that group in the ’90s.

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