2012 GOP Presidential Candidate Herman Cain Passes Away, Former Comms Director Posts Fitting Tribute

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Herman Cain, CEO, The New Voice, speaks during Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority event in Washington, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)


Sad news to report. Former presidential candidate Herman Cain, chairman of the group “Black Voices for Trump”, passed away today at the age of 74 from coronavirus complications.

A heartbroken Dan Calabrese, the longtime editor of Cain’s website, wrote about his boss’s passing this morning and why those closest to him weren’t eager to pass along daily updates about his battle with the virus:

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.

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.

Herman was 74. Although he was basically pretty healthy in recent years, he was still in a high-risk group because of his history with cancer. We all prayed so hard every day. We knew the time would come when the Lord would call him home, but we really liked having him here with us, and we held out hope he’d have a full recovery.


According to Newsmax, Mr. Cain “recently joined Newsmax TV and was set to launch a weekly show” before he was diagnosed with the coronavirus and admitted to the hospital on July 1st.

There is a lot that will be said, that has already been said about Cain from the media and Democrats that, sadly falls along predictable and classless partisan lines. But his 2012 campaign communications director Ellen Carmichael posted a very moving tribute that will tell you far more about the kind of man Mr. Cain really was than any mainstream media report:


HUD Secretary Ben Carson, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, posted his condolences on Twitter this morning as well:


Herman Cain is survived by his wife Gloria, daughter Melanie and son Vincent, and his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.



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