Herman Cain, a maverick conservative Republican businessman who briefly led the race for the US party's 2012 presidential nomination, died Thursday from the coronavirus.
Cain tested positive for Covid-19 on June 29 and was hospitalized on July 1 after developing symptoms serious enough to be hospitalized, according to the statement posted on Twitter. Cain was also in the news after he had refused to wear a mask during the coronavirus pandemic.
In October 2011, a Politico report alleged that two female employees had made complaints about inappropriate behaviour by Cain while he was president and chief executive of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s.
"He was a very special man, an American Patriot, and great friend".
"Masks will not be mandatory for the event, which will be attended by President Trump". Last year, the president nominated Cain to a seat on the Federal Reserve Board, the US central bank, but Cain withdrew after opposition mounted against him.
Republican senator Lindsey Graham tweeted that Mr Cain was "a fierce advocate for conservative principles across the board", while Republican senator David Perdue said "Herman ... lived the American dream and aspired to share his success with others".
But his campaign was brought undone by sexual misconduct allegations in November of 2011. "Although he was basically pretty healthy in recent years, he was still in a high-risk group because of his history with cancer".
Cain briefly rose to the top of polls during the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination by highlighting a plan to simplify the tax code with what he called the 9-9-9 plan. Take, for instance, former Real Housewives of Atlanta star now Republican Congressional candidate Angela Stanton-King, who is now under the impression that only celebrities and Democrats recover from the coronavirus.
Although he denied the accusations against him, his popularity soon suffered and he suspended his campaign.
Cain is survived by his wife, Gloria Etchison, whom he married in 1968, and two children.
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