Cain started his career as a civilian employee for the U.S. Navy and worked for Pillsbury and Burger King before becoming chief executive of Godfather's Pizza. "We knew the time would come when the Lord would call him home, but we really liked having him here with us, and we held out hope he'd have a full recovery".
At the time, Cain's team said he did not require a respirator and that he was resting comfortably at the hospital in the Atlanta area.
Calabrese said it was unclear where Cain contracted the deadly virus, as he "did a lot of traveling" over the previous week. He's been known to be vocal regarding his opposition to wearing a mask, especially for Trump's event at Mount Rushmore.
"Trump Tulsa Rally - I was there!" Cain withdrew from consideration less than three weeks later, after acknowledging that his past sexual misconduct allegations would make the nomination process "cumbersome". Six Trump campaign staff members and two members of the Secret Service tested positive for the virus after screenings the day of the rally.
Cain was born December 13, 1945, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Luther Cain Jr., who worked as a driver and barber, and Lenora Davis Cain, a domestic worker. Mitt Romney, who was the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2012, said he was "saddened" to hear about Cain's death. The president wanted to nominate him for the Federal Reserve Board, but Cain dropped out after receiving backlash from Republican lawmakers.
Although he denied the accusations against him, his popularity soon suffered and he suspended his campaign.
The allegations played a role in thwarting his return to the national stage a year ago, when Trump was said to be mulling Cain's appointment to the Federal Reserve Board.
The news was announced on the prominent Republican's website.
"Alas, he only ever got to host one episode", the statement said.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria Etchison, their children and grandchildren.