Herman Cain has died from the coronavirus, according to Newsmax.
The 74-year-old former Republican presidential candidate was admitted to a hospital for treatment of COVID-19 on July 1, which was 10 days after he attended President Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was photographed without a mask.
“Herman Cain resonated with Americans at every level because they sensed his authenticity,” said Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, a friend of both Trump and Cain. “He had a folksy, disarming appeal. You immediately felt his love of country and God.”
It's not clear where Cain contracted the deadly virus.
“He was one of the most original thinkers in American politics. He had creative strong convictions, an open mind and a deep sense of patriotism," said political consultant Dick Morris. “He was a great friend, a great guy. Suddenly, the plague strikes home."
Dan Calabrese, the editor of HermanCain.com, said the former presidential candidate was mostly healthy before contracting COVID-19, but was "in a high-risk group because of his history with cancer."
"Let me deal with some of the particulars of the last few weeks. We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight. He had trouble breathing and was taken to the 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," Calabrese wrote.
"We didn’t release detailed updates on his condition to the public or to the media because neither his family nor we thought there was any reason for that. There were hopeful indicators, including a mere five days ago when doctors told us they thought he would eventually recover, although it wouldn’t be quick. We were relieved to be told that, and passed on the news via Herman’s social media. And yet we also felt real concern about the fact that he never quite seemed to get to the point where the doctors could advance him to the recovery phase."