Herman Cain dies after coronavirus fight

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FILE – In this June 20, 2014, file photo, Herman Cain, CEO, The New Voice, speaks during Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority event in Washington. Cain is being treated for the coronavirus at an Atlanta-area hospital. That’s according to a statement posted on his Twitter account Thursday, July 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

ATLANTA (News Nation) — Herman Cain, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has died after contracting COVID-19, News Nation confirmed from two former campaign staffers. He was 74 years old and a colon cancer survivor.

“We’re heartbroken, and the world is poorer: Herman Cain has gone to be with the Lord,” the statement on his website said.

Cain was diagnosed with novel coronavirus disease in late June. He was hospitalized for breathing problems.

On June 20, Cain attended a Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally for President Donald Trump. The former pizza company executive was an outspoken backer of the president and was a co-chair of Black Voices for Trump.

During the 2012 election, the centerpiece of Cain’s campaign was his 9-9-9 plan, which would have replaced the current tax code with a 9% tax on personal and corporate income and a 9% national sales tax. Cain said the plan’s simplicity would stimulate the economy by giving investors certainty.

“If 10% is good enough for God, 9% ought to be good enough for the federal government,” the former Baptist preacher told crowds.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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