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Herman Cain, Former GOP Presidential Candidate, Dies From COVID-19

Then-GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain with a muffin bearing his catchphrase "9-9-9" tax plan before speaking at the National Press Club in Washington in 2011. Cain's death was announced Thursday.
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Former Republican presidential candidate and pizza magnate Herman Cain has died from the coronavirus.

Cain, who was 74 years old, had been hospitalized since early July, after he began having trouble breathing.

“Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us – has passed away,” aides announced on Cain’s website on Thursday.

Employees of Cain say they do not know where he contracted the coronavirus. He attended President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Okla., in late June and was photographed in the arena without a mask.

Pizza baron

The African-American businessman rose to national prominence as the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. He unsuccessfully ran for president in 2012, famously touting a “9-9-9” tax plan.

He dropped out after facing sexual harassment allegations.

Cain was a prominent Trump supporter. He served as the co-chair of the Trump campaign’s outreach initiative for Black voters.

Trump supported Cain to serve on the Federal Reserve Board last year, but Cain withdrew from consideration a few weeks later.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a tweet that Cain “embodied the American Dream and represented the very best of the American spirit … We will never forget his legacy of grace, patriotism, and faith,” she said.

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