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Former US presidential candidate Herman Cain dies while being treated for COVID-19

Former Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain died on Thursday at the age of 74-years-old.

Cain’s death was announced on his website as well as his official Twitter page.

The former Republican presidential candidate died after he was hospitalized on July 1 for coronavirus.

Earlier this week, a tweet that appeared on his official Twitter page read that he had still been in hospital but had been recovering.

“Still in the hospital being treated with oxygen for his lungs. In the meantime, the doctors say his other organs and systems are strong,” read a tweet from Cain’s official Twitter account.

“He really is getting better,” read a subsequent tweet.

Cain, a supporter of President Donald Trump was one of a few Republicans that were at Trump’s Tulsa, Oklahoma rally, following the event at least eight Trump team staffers tested positive for coronavirus.

Despite the speculations about where Cain may have contracted the virus, a statement from Cain’s team noted they had no idea, as the 74-year-old had been traveling a lot.

“We honestly have no idea where he contracted it. I realize people will speculate about the Tulsa rally, but Herman did a lot of traveling the past week, including to Arizona where cases are spiking. I don’t think there’s any way to trace this to the one specific contact that caused him to be infected. We’ll never know,” read a post on Cain’s website.

Following Cain’s passing President Trump took to Twitter to share his condolences calling Cain ” friend and powerful voice of freedom”.

Cain, the son of a chauffeur and a domestic worker was born December 13, 1945, in Memphis, Tennessee. He grew up in Atlanta.

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