Washington | Conservative politician Herman Cain, a former White House candidate who attended a Donald Trump campaign rally last month without a mask, has died of COVID-19 at the age of 74, announced Thursday his relatives.
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“Herman Cain, our boss, our friend, who was like a father to many of us, has passed away,” said website editor Dan Calabrese.
Known for running for the Republican Party’s nomination for the 2012 presidential election, Herman Cain was hospitalized in early July after testing positive for the new coronavirus, less than ten days after Donald Trump gathered in Tulsa , in Oklahoma, where he was photographed in the middle of the crowd, without a mask.
In a previous post, the editor of Hermancain.com pointed out that there was no proof that he was infected in Tulsa: “It is impossible to know for sure how and where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus” .
Co-president of the “Black Voices for Trump” movement and a conservative close to the anti-tax Tea Party movement, Herman Cain was born in December 1945 in Tennessee to a father who was a driver and a mother who was a cleaner.
He had run a chain of pizzerias in the 1980s (Godfather’s Pizza) and was director of the Kansas City regional office of the Central Bank (Fed) in the early 1990s.
In 2012, he had animated the campaign of the Republican primaries by his spontaneity, but his candidacy had been torpedoed by accusations of sexual harassment.
Donald Trump tried last year to get him appointed as Fed governor, but several Republican senators had announced their intention to block his appointment.
Herman Cain was married with two children.