Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, who served as the CEO of Godfather's Pizza for years, has died of COVID-19, according to an announcement on his website.
Cain's death was further confirmed on his namesake website by Dan Calabrese, who edits the site and had previously written about the diagnosis.
Cain, who is a survivor of stage 4 colon cancer, had also served on Kansas City’s Federal Reserve Bank before eventually becoming a Republican presidential candidate in the 2012 elections.
"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.
The post added: "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."
Last year, President Donald Trump said he might have picked Cain, 74, as his nominee to join the Federal Reserve Board.