Herman Cain, Former Presidential Candidate, Dies at 74


Herman Cain, the former Republican presidential candidate and business executive who was recently hospitalized with the coronavirus, has died. He was 74.

His death was announced on his website and social media accounts. Early this month, he said he had been hospitalized in the Atlanta area.

Mr. Cain, the former chief executive of Godfather’s Pizza, tested positive for the virus after he attended President Trump’s indoor rally in Tulsa, Okla., on June 20.

“We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight,” Dan Calabrese, the editor of Mr. Cain’s website, said in the post announcing his death. “He had trouble breathing and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.”

“Although he was basically pretty healthy in recent years, he was still in a high-risk group because of his history with cancer,” Mr. Calabrese noted.

Mr. Cain ran as a Republican candidate in the 2012 presidential election, but dropped out of the race after he was accused of sexual misconduct, which he denied. His platform included a 9-9-9 tax plan: a flat 9 percent individual income tax rate, a 9 percent corporate tax rate and a 9 percent national sales tax.

Last year, Mr. Cain withdrew his name as one of Mr. Trump’s picks for the Federal Reserve Board, following the re-emergence of accusations of sexual harassment.

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