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Businessman and politician Herman Cain passed away on Thursday at 74 years of age after being diagnosed with the coronavirus. His diagnosis occurred in late June but was not hospitalized until earlier in July after his condition worsened.

The Herman Cain COVID case is the latest in a series of unfortunate deaths. The situation remained hopeful even up to a few days ago when several tweets on Cain’s account offered positive news that he was getting better and on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, the Herman Cain COVID battle did not last long. He will be remembered as both an accomplished businessman that included being the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza as well as his run in 2012 for the Republican presidential nomination.

In his 2012 run, Cain was an unknown but briefly became a frontrunner until he was accused of inappropriate conduct when he was still in the restaurant business. Cain did continue his involvement in politics after 2012 by serving as a surrogate for President Trump and played a role in the Black Voice for Trump organization. In 2019, the President even wrestled with the idea of nominating Cain to a set on the Federal Reserve.

The President did tweet about Cain’s passing (unlike his snub recognizing the passing of Rep. John Lewis), calling him an American Patriot and a great friend, among other things. The last place many might have seen Cain was at the President’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which did come two weeks before the coronavirus diagnosis. He even took a photo with close to a dozen people at the indoor event, and none of them were wearing masks. Whether or not he contracted it at the rally is unknown.

Cain was a critic of the idea of forcing people to wear masks even when he remained in the hospital with the virus. He tweeted, “PEOPLE ARE FED UP!” and praised the President’s policy that a mask was not required during his speech at Mount Rushmore.

Cain’s life was full of significant milestones. He grew up in a poor family in Atlanta and eventually earned a mathematics degree at Morehouse College and then a master’s degree in computer science at Purdue University.

He moved on to the Navy to become a ballistics analyst. From there, he got a job with Coca-Cola and then at Pillsbury. Cain soon became a regional manager in charge of 400 Burger King locations in the Greater Philadelphia area. This business experience culminated in 1986 when Cain became the president of Omaha based Godfather’s Pizza, which at the time was close to bankruptcy. Cain brought simplicity, common sense and passion to the company and helped to turn it around during his period of involvement.

Cain also spent time on a number of influential boards and organizations in both the restaurant business and in financial areas. Cain also overcame stage 4 colon cancer in 2006, perhaps his most difficult achievement to date.

2012 was not the first time Cain thought about a political career, either. He briefly ran as a Republican in the 2000 presidential primary and also for a seat in the Senate that was open in the state of Georgia four years later.

However, the thing that Cain might most be remembered for is his “9-9-9” proposal to deal with taxes. The proposal sought to have three different taxes of 9 percent each, one for income, business, and sales, respectively.

As previously mentioned, though, Cain hit a snag in the 2012 campaign after news leaked that he had been accused of sexual misconduct. There were more than two women who leveled these accusations and eventually signed agreements to basically leave the organization in which the problems originated. A month after this came to light, Cain ended his campaign.

Cain also dabbled in the media over the years. He had his own show, “The Herman Cain Show” from 2008 to 2011 on an Atlanta radio station. He also did commentary on Fox News and had just recently become a contributor to Newsmax TV where he was going to have a weekly show.

Following his death, Cain received numerous tributes from an assortment of media figures, politicians, and businessmen. He was truly a man of many different talents who unfortunately passed on too soon because of a deadly pandemic. Whether Herman Cain contracted the virus before, during, or after the Tulsa Rally isn’t material. The fact is Cain died of complications of COVID-19 and for those who deny this deadly virus exists perhaps this will be their wake up call. For all of our sakes, I hope it is.

For a look back at Herman Cain’s life, check out this retrospective.

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