Former presidential candidate and Trump surrogate Herman Cain has died from complications of COVID-19, Fox News reported on Thursday morning.
Cain’s team first confirmed that the conservative leader had been diagnosed with coronavirus on July 1.
Newsmax, where Cain had recently signed on as a contributor, published an obituary to Cain on Thursday morning. Cain, who ran for president in the 2012 election cycle, was admitted to an Atlanta-area hospital on July 1, two days after receiving a positive COVID-19 test.
He had attended Donald Trump’s Tulsa rally 10 days before his diagnosis, but his team at the time denied that he had contracted the virus at the event.
Newsmax reported that “it is not known for sure where Cain, chair of Black Voices for Trump, was infected. He had been on a whirlwind travel schedule in June, stopping in multiple cities.”
The mainstream media has attacked Cain for attending Trump’s June 20 rally, but Cain published a message on June 11 admonishing viewers to “continue to spread the coronavirus message: social distancing, sanitizing, hair-washing and masks. Don’t take it for granted, take it seriously.’’
Hermancain.com editor Dan Calabrese wrote on Thursday that “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 with it.”
“Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us – has passed away,” Calabrese continued. “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.”
Calabrese wrote that “There were hopeful indicators, including a mere five days ago when doctors told us they thought he would eventually recover, although it wouldn’t be quick.”
Cain, 74, has a history of cancer which placed him in a high-risk group for COVID-19, though Calabrese said that Cain has been in good health for several years since overcoming his cancer diagnosis in 2006.
Cain recently joined Newsmax TV as a contributor and was reportedly “really pumped” about his new position. Cain also was excited to continue campaigning for Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.
“Herman Cain resonated with Americans at every level because they sensed his authenticity,” Chris Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax, said of Cain. “He had a folksy, disarming appeal. You immediately felt his love of country and God.”