Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain died from coronavirus 40 days after he attended President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The 74-year old Black business executive was hospitalized in Atlanta since July 1.
Cain was born Dec. 13, 1945, in Memphis, Tennessee and was grew up poor in Atlanta, Georgia, where his father worked three jobs — as janitor, barber, and chauffeur — while his mother toiled as a domestic.
Cain graduated from Morehouse College with a mathematics degree in 1967. A year later, he married Gloria Etchison, who he had met when he was a sophomore at Morehouse and she a freshman at Morris Brown College.
Cain went on to earn a master’s in computer science from Purdue University in 1971, and helped develop fire control ballistics for ships and fighter planes for the U.S. Navy.
Next, he joined the Coca-Cola Co. as a systems analyst, and after considerable success, moved to the Pillsbury Co.
After serving as regional vice president of Pillsbury’s Burger King, Cain then took on the biggest challenge of his career as president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, a national chain teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.
In 14 months, he returned Godfather’s to profitability and led a leveraged buyout of the Godfather’s brand from Pillsbury, in 1990 for $100 million.
Cain then closed about 200 Godfather’s restaurants and eliminated several thousand jobs, to return the chain to profitability.
Trump considered naming Cain to a seat on the Federal Reserve Bank but Republican senators objected.
Cain spearheaded Black Voices for Trump to deflect critics who called out the White House for supporting white supremacists and neo Nazi agitators.
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