Former Presidential Candidate, Herman Cain, Dies from COVID

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Former GOP presidential candidate, Herman Cain, one of the few African American presidential candidates that made it in the running, has died. He died roughly a month after he became sick with the novel coronavirus disease, his team announced on Thursday morning. He was 74.

“We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight,” Cain’s friend Dan Calabrese wrote in that update on Thursday. “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.”

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Many believe that the former Godfather’s Pizza and Burger King restaurant executive-turned-politician contracted the virus after attending President Trump’s June 20 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Cain was the chair of the Black Voters for Trump. The large gathering that many health officials believe is linked to the sharp increase of COVID positive cases in the state. Many of the attendees there, including Cain, were seen without masks or social distancing.