2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has died of complications related to COVID-19, multiple news outlets have reported.
He was 75.
The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO had been hospitalized for several weeks.
Cain surged briefly in 2012, as many candidates in the race did that cycle, but he withdrew following allegations of sexual harassment that allegedly occurred while he head the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.
He never made it to the voting portion of the 2012 primary and caucus season and had no visible campaign operation in New Jersey.
He raised nearly $17 million for his presidential bid, taking in $113,185 from New Jersey-based donors.
As a presidential candidate, Cain advocated for a 9-9-9 plan that would supplant the current tax code with a 9% personal income tax, an 9% federal sales tax, and a 9% business transaction tax.
Cain had lost a Republican U.S. Senate primary in Georgia in 2004 after very briefly seeking th 2000 GOP presidential nomination.
President Donald Trump had planned to nominate Cain to the Federal Reserve Board in 2019, but he withdrew when it became clear he lacked the votes for confirmation in the U.S. Senate.