The late pizza chain CEO and Man of Morehouse College, who ran for president in 2012 as a Republican, Herman Cain has died after contracting Covid-19. Cain, 74, was hospitalized two days after being diagnosed with the disease in on June 25th. His death was announced Thursday on his website, after being hospitalized in the Atlanta area since July.

Herman earned a degree in mathematics from Morehouse College in 1967, and later earned a master’s degree in computer science from Purdue University, while working as a mathematician for the Department of the Navy. 

Cain attended Donald Trump’s controversial rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the end of June, but he did not wear a mask. He posted a picture of himself and other attendees in close proximity and without wearing any masks. 

Cain hoped to become the first Black politician to win the GOP nomination, was initially considered a long-shot candidate.

Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us – has passed away. He’s entering the presence of the Savior he’s served as an associate minister at Antioch Baptist Church in Atlanta, and preparing for his reward.

His website Editor also discusses is condition:

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.

“Although he was basically pretty healthy in recent years, he was still in a high-risk group because of his history with cancer,” the editor noted.