Herman Cain, the previous Republican presidential candidate and enterprise govt who was hospitalized this month with the coronavirus, has died. He was 74.

His dying was introduced Thursday on his website and social media accounts. Early this month, he stated he had been hospitalized within the Atlanta space.

Mr. Cain, the previous chief govt of Godfather’s Pizza, ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2012, and his irreverent type and rags-to-riches story made him an unlikely hero of Tea Get together conservatives. He dropped out of the race after he was accused of sexual misconduct, which he denied, however his superstar in conservative circles endured, and he turned a gradual ally of President Trump.

Mr. Cain tested positive for the virus on June 29, and went to the hospital two days later.

“We knew when he was first hospitalized with Covid-19 that this was going to be a tough struggle,” Dan Calabrese, the editor of Mr. Cain’s web site, stated within the submit saying his dying. “He had bother respiratory and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.”

“Though he was principally fairly wholesome in recent times, he was nonetheless in a high-risk group due to his historical past with most cancers,” Mr. Calabrese famous.

When Mr. Cain was hospitalized, Mr. Calabrese stated that along with attending Mr. Trump’s indoor rally in Tulsa, Okla., on June 20, he had carried out “loads of touring” just lately.

“I don’t assume there’s any solution to hint this to the one particular contact that induced him to be contaminated,” he stated on the time. “We’ll by no means know.”

In a video posted to his web site after the president’s rally, Mr. Cain said he had worn a mask whereas in teams of individuals. However he additionally posted photographs of himself on social media that confirmed him with no masks and surrounded by folks within the area.

Mr. Cain’s presidential marketing campaign was not his first attempt to leap into politics, however it raised his profile out of his house state, Georgia, and onto a nationwide stage. His platform was seemingly finest recognized for his 9-9-9 tax plan: a flat 9 % particular person earnings tax fee, a 9 % company tax fee and a 9 % nationwide gross sales tax.

He continued to seem at political conferences and within the conservative information media lengthy after his marketing campaign ended. And after Mr. Trump took workplace, Mr. Cain’s title was typically floated as a possible addition to the administration. Final yr, Mr. Cain withdrew from consideration as one among Mr. Trump’s picks for the Federal Reserve Board, following the re-emergence of accusations of sexual harassment.

On Twitter, Kayleigh McEnany, the White Home press secretary, stated Mr. Cain “embodied the American dream and represented the perfect of the American spirit.”

In speeches, on discuss radio and on the path, Mr. Cain usually spoke about rising up poor in Georgia, telling of how his father labored three jobs to purchase a home for the household. Mr. Cain went to Morehouse Faculty and earned a grasp’s diploma at Purdue College earlier than turning into a vp at Pillsbury.

Following the recommendation of the corporate’s president, Mr. Cain stop and entered the Burger King coaching program, wherein potential executives are educated from the grill up, working as “Whopper floppers” and cleansing bogs. He rose to take cost of his area, and Pillsbury requested him to assist flip across the Godfather’s chain, which he finally joined.

Considered one of his first brushes with nationwide fame got here in 1994, when he challenged President Bill Clinton on his well being care laws throughout a televised town-hall-style assembly.

From 1996, when he left the pizza firm, till 1999, Mr. Cain ran the Nationwide Restaurant Affiliation, a once-sleepy commerce group that he helped transform into a lobbying powerhouse.

In a 2011 interview with The New York Occasions Journal, Mr. Cain stated he turned a Republican after a Black man at a restaurant yelled out: “Black Republicans? There’s no such factor.”

“Once I received again to Omaha, I registered as a Republican,” he said. “It haunted me for 3 days that somebody would dare inform me what occasion affiliation I ought to have.”

Details about survivors was not instantly accessible. Mr. Cain married his spouse, Gloria, in 1968, and the couple have two kids and 4 grandchildren, according to his website.