Herman Cain, a Republican presidential candidate in 2012, passed away after battling Covid-19 on Thursday. He was 74.
Cain was a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, and attended Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma 10 days before being admitted to the hospital.
Trump nominated Cain to the Federal Reserve Board in 2019, but Cain withdrew his nomination after sensing he would be rejected by the Senate.
Earlier in his career, Cain was the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, from 1986-1996. He helped transform the company by returning it to profitability by shuttering restaurants. He also worked at Burger King before that as a regional vice president.
During the 2012 presidential run, Cain’s main issue was taxes. He proposed 9% taxes on business transactions, personal income, and retail sales.
Cain attended Morehouse College, earned a master's degree from Purdue University, and served in the Navy.