President Trump mourned the loss of businessman and former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, calling him “an American patriot and great friend.”
“My friend Herman Cain, a Powerful Voice of Freedom and all that is good, passed away this morning. Herman had an incredible career and was adored by everyone that ever met him, especially me. He was a very special man, an American Patriot, and great friend,” Trump tweeted.
…the phone with his amazing wife Gloria, daughter, Melanie, and son Vincent to express my deepest condolences to the entire family. @FLOTUS Melania and I loved Herman Cain, a great man. Herman, Rest In Peace! pic.twitter.com/GNUf5jHjX0— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020
Trump said he expressed his condolences to Cain’s family during a phone call with the former presidential candidate wife.
“I just got off the phone with his amazing wife Gloria, daughter, Melanie, and son Vincent to express my deepest condolences to the entire family. @FLOTUS Melania and I loved Herman Cain, a great man. Herman, Rest In Peace!” Trump added.
During a coronavirus press briefing Thursday afternoon, Trump began his remarks honoring the former Republican presidential candidate, calling Cain a “dear friend of mine,” and “very special person.”
“Let me begin by expressing our sadness at the passing of a wonderful man and a dear friend of mine, Herman Cain,” Trump said. “He was a very special person. I got to know him very well. And unfortunately, he passed away from the thing called the China virus. And we send our prayers to Herman’s great wife, Gloria. Wonderful family.”
Trump also mourned the loss of all of the 150,000 Americans taken by this “horrible and invisible” virus.
“America grieves for all of the 150,000 Americans who had their lives taken by this horrible, invisible enemy,” Trump added. “We mourn their loss, as a nation; we mourn their loss, as people that love one another. And we’re working very hard to not only contain this horrible event, this horrible plague, it’s what it is, is a plague, but also to come up with therapeutics and vaccines. And we’re making a lot of strides.“
Cain, a former Republican presidential candidate, succumb from complications of the coronavirus Thursday morning. He was 74 years old.
“Herman Cain — our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us — has passed away,” Cain’s website editor, Dan Calabrese, wrote in a post.
“We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight,” Calabrese said. “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.”
Cain tested positive for the coronavirus on June 29 and was admitted to a hospital for treatment three days later after “developing symptoms serious enough that he required hospitalization.”
We are sorry to announce that Herman Cain has tested positive for COVID-19, and is currently receiving treatment in an Atlanta-area hospital.— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) July 2, 2020
Please keep him, and all who are battling this virus, in your prayers.
Our full statement appears below. Updates to follow. pic.twitter.com/lDRW7Rla4e
Cain, who served as co-chair of Black Voices for Trump was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer that spread to his liver in 2006. He was able to beat the disease and survived, but was considered a “high-risk group because of his history with cancer.”
Earlier this week, Cain was undergoing oxygen treatment for his lungs, as doctors remained hopeful that he would eventually recover.
“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 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, adding that “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.”