Herman Cain speaks to members of the Henry County Bar Association in 2016.

McDONOUGH — Longtime Henry County resident and one-time GOP presidential candidate, Herman Cain has died from COVID-19.

Cain, 74, was hospitalized on July 1 with difficulty breathing after testing positive for the disease. According to Cain’s Twitter, doctors in mid-July liked the progress he was making, but that his battle would be “slow and require much patience.”

Over the years, Cain held events in the county and McDonough Square including bringing his radio talk show the “Herman Cain Show” for live broadcasts. He was also served as guest speaker for local groups such as the Republican Women of Henry County and the Henry County Bar Association.

“We are saddened by the news of Herman Cain’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children and all those who knew and loved him,” said Stockbridge Mayor Anthony S. Ford. “May God bless them all.”

Gov. Brian Kemp asked for prayers for Cain’s loved ones, friends and colleagues.

“Herman Cain was unwavering patriot, a conservative stalwart and a deeply wise, thoughtful man who lived the American Dream,” Kemp said in a Tweet Thursday. “He was truly one of a kind and his loss is devastating to many, including our family.”

Cain is survived by his wife, Gloria, their two children and grandchildren.

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