Herman Cain, a former business executive, Tea Party activist and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has sadly died from COVID-19 at age 74 about one month after attending Trump’s rally in Tulsa.
A statement on his website reads, “We’re heartbroken, and the world is poorer: Hermain Cain has gone to be with the Lord.”
“We knew when he was first hospitalised with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight,” the statement reads. “He had trouble breathing and was taken to 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.”
“We all prayed so hard every day,” the update continued. “We knew the time would come when the Lord would call him home, but we really liked having him here with us, and we held out hope he’d have a full recovery.”
Herman Cain’s team confirmed he had tested positive for COVID-19 on June 29th. Earlier this month they said there was “no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus,” however many social media users have linked his fatal diagnosis to Donald Trump’s Tulsa rally he attended on June 20th.
According to PEOPLE, Cain – as well as many other attendees – were seen without masks or social distancing at the rally. TIME also stated that the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported a record number of COVID-19 cases in the state three weeks after Trump’s rally. “On the day of the event, it was revealed that six staffers on the Trump campaign tested positive for the coronavirus,” TIME reports.
“I realise people will speculate about the Tulsa rally, but Herman did a lot of travelling in the past week,” Cain’s friend Dan Calabrese wrote on his website in early July. “I don’t think there’s any way to trace this to the one specific contact that caused him to be infected. We’ll never know.”
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Calabrese also told PEOPLE that he believes Cain contracted the virus while on a plane given his recent travels.
“Where he got it, it’s kind of neither here nor there, but I wish people would stop trying to turn it into a political angle in that way,” he added. “I know he did wear a mask and I know he encouraged people on his show to wear a mask.”
This tragic loss is incredibly heartbreaking for Hermain Cain’s family and friends, and a clear reminder that the world is still very much grappling with this devastating pandemic.
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