Former presidential candidate Herman Cain dead at 74 after coronavirus battle

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain announces he'll suspend his campaign for presidency in Atlanta, Georgia, Saturday, December 3, 2011. Cain died Thursday morning, July 30, 2020 from coronavirus. He was 74. (Jason Getz/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)
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By Kate Feldman New York Daily News (TNS)

Herman Cain, the businessman and former presidential candidate, died Thursday morning from coronavirus.

He was 74.

“He’s entering the presence of the Savior he’s served as an associate minister at Antioch Baptist Church in Atlanta for, and preparing for his reward,” reads a statement on his website.

Cain, a Georgia native, worked his way up through a series of companies, including Coca-Cola and Pillsbury, before landing at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in 1995.

He served as a senior adviser to Bob Dole’s presidential campaign in 1996 and ran for his own Senate seat in Georgia in 2004, but lost his primary to Johnny Isakson.

Cain ran for president in 2012 but dropped out after multiple accusations of sexual harassment.

He tested positive for coronavirus more than a month ago after attending President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa, but his team said Thursday that doctors had told them as recently as five days ago that he would “eventually recover.”

“(Cain) lived the American Dream & was an inspiration to countless Georgians and Americans,” Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler tweeted Thursday. “My heart goes out to his family & loved ones; they are in our prayers during this very difficult time.”

Cain is survived by his wife Gloria, and two children, Vincent and Melanie, and four grandchildren.

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