In the image the businessman Herman Cain. . / SHAWN THEW / Archive
(SHAWN THEW /)
Washington, Jul 30 . .- The businessman Herman Cain, who aspired to the Republican presidential candidacy in 2012 and was an ally of US President Donald Trump, died of COVID-19, a disease that was Diagnosed last June, her friends reported Thursday.
« Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, as a father to many of us – has passed away, » reads a message released by Dan Calabrese, editor-in-chief of Cain’s website.
Although it was not specified where he contracted the virus, Cain’s disease became known after he attended, on June 20, a meeting of President Trump, in Tulsa (Oklahoma).
That political act was widely criticized because many of the attendees went unprotected with a mask, including Oklahoma Governor, Republican Kevin Stitt, who on July 15 announced that he had tested positive for coronavirus.
The obituary published this Thursday relates that Cain, also recognized in the country for having been CEO between 1986 and 1996 of the fast food restaurant chain Godfather’s Pizza, suffered respiratory complications due to the virus.
« We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that this was going to be a difficult fight, » the statement said.
He added: « Herman was 74 years old. Although he was basically quite healthy in recent years, he was still in a high-risk group due to his history of cancer. »
The message noted that the Republican leader had just started a new program on Newsmax TV and was excited « to play a role in the 2020 election campaign. »
« His wife, Gloria, his children Melanie and Vicent, and their grandchildren … need love, our support and our prayers, » said the editor.
In April of last year, when he announced that he would desist from his intention to nominate him to occupy one of the seven seats on the Federal Reserve (Fed) board, Trump referred to Cain as « my friend » and a « truly man wonderful ».
« Herman is a great American who really loves our country! » Trump said then on his Twitter account.
Wall Street economists and investors, according to local media, had questioned Cain’s qualification for a seat at the U.S. Central Bank and recalled the multiple allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct that derailed his presidential aspiration in 2012.
Cain always denied the allegations, but given the possibility that he would be nominated for the Fed, it was learned that one of his alleged victims was willing to testify against him in a hypothetical confirmation hearing in the Upper House.