After a weeks-long stay in an Atlanta-area hospital following a Covid-19 diagnosis, former Republican presidential candidate and corporate food executive, Herman Cain passed away at 74.
Mr. Cain fell ill with the novel coronavirus shortly after attending a President Donald Trump 2020 campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20. Days before the rally, Mr. Cain tweeted to Trump, “They want you dead.” In the next tweet, he tauntingly said to a mayor who supported Black Lives Matter, but whose home was vandalized, “You reap what you sow.”
In photos of the rally, Mr. Cain, who became a Trump surrogate, is captured sitting with family members without a mask. Nine days later, news reported that he admitted himself into the hospital. A cancer survivor of stage IV cancer in 2006, Mr. Cain was a vulnerable population in contracting Covid-19.
In early July, it was reported that Mr. Cain was still in the hospital after a social media post updating his condition. He died weeks later. “We’re heartbroken, and the world is poorer,” said Dan Calabrese on Mr. Cain’s site.
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Mr. Cain was born in Memphis, but was raised by working class parents in Georgia. He graduated from Morehouse College then earned a master’s degree in computer of science at Purdue University. While at Purdue, he earned a living by working U.S. Department of the Navy.
Before his presidential candidacy, Mr. Cain made his career working in the food industry. On his resume, we worked at Coca-Cola, Pillsbury and finally served as CEO for Godfather Pizza. While at Godfather Pizza, he brought the company out of being a failed food franchise.
A proponent of the private sector and small business, Mr. Cain was one of several dozen candidates in the 2016 Republican vie for president. A Washington DC outsider, at one point Mr. Cain was a forerunner before dropping out.
After leaving elected politics, Mr. Cain picked back up his career as a commentator on his show, Newsmax TV. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Hutchinson, and two children, Melanie Cain-Jackson and Vincent Can; and grandchildren.
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