Herman Cain - the maverick American business czar and Republican presidential candidate who campaigned for a sweeping tax reform plan called 9-9-9 - died Thursday morning after a monthlong battle with the coronavirus. He was 74.
“He was one of the most original thinkers in American politics. He creative strong convictions, an open mind and a deep sense of patriotism,’’ veteran political consultant Dick Morris told Newsmax. “He was a great friend, a great guy. Suddenly, the plague strikes home.’’
More details from the announcement on HermanCain.com:
Let me deal with some of the particulars of the last few weeks. We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight. 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.
We didn’t release detailed updates on his condition to the public or to the media because neither his family nor we thought there was any reason for 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. We were relieved to be told that, and passed on the news via Herman’s social media. And yet we also felt real concern about the fact that he never quite seemed to get to the point where the doctors could advance him to the recovery phase.
Herman was 74. Although he was basically pretty healthy in recent years, he was still in a high-risk group because of his history with cancer. We all prayed so hard every day. We knew the time would come when the Lord would call him home, but we really liked having him here with us, and we held out hope he’d have a full recovery.
I’m very saddened to learn of the passing of my former boss, Herman Cain. I’m bracing for the cruelty online about how he deserved to get COVID and die because of his politics. We’re living in a dark time. But, they didn’t know him. I did.— Ellen Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) July 30, 2020
Breaking: Herman Cain dies of coronavirus, report | Just The News https://t.co/4HH1O20GxU— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) July 30, 2020
In honor of Herman Cain (RIP), please read one of my favorite-ever Fast Company stories: https://t.co/wbc2V9oklD— Morgan Clendaniel (@MClendaniel) July 30, 2020
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RIP Herman Cain - Thank you for lighting up the campaign trail and the debate stage and inspiring the country https://t.co/MhjzQ6ZHbT— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) July 30, 2020