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Longtime Chick-fil-A Spokesman Donald Perry Dies

Monday Jul 30, 2012

ATLANTA (AP) - The longtime spokesman for fast-food chain Chick-fil-A died Friday. He was 60.

The Atlanta-based company said in a prepared statement that vice president for corporate public relations Donald A. Perry died suddenly Friday morning. The cause of death was not released by the company.

Perry worked at Chick-fil-A nearly 29 years.

"Don was an incredible friend, a consummate PR professional, and was absolutely in love with Chick-fil-A. His passing leaves a great hole in my life as well as the lives of everyone who worked with him," said Steve Robinson, executive vice president for marketing at Chick-fil-A.

The privately owned company known for putting faith ahead of profits by closing on Sundays sparked a new skirmish in the culture wars when president Dan Cathy recently took a public position against same-sex marriage. Cathy said the company is "guilty as charged" in support of what he called the biblical definition of the family unit.

Gay rights groups called for a boycott, a Muppets toy was pulled from kids' meals and politicians weighed in.

Christian conservatives, however, threw their support behind the company.

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  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-07-30 12:53:06

    Huh, I hope nobody says that "god" struck him down because he lied about the muppet kids meals.

  • , 2012-07-31 17:15:47

    Guess God didn’t like their latest anti-gay position.

  • WayGay, 2012-08-01 14:12:57

    It’s sad that Mr. Cathy’s ignorant hateful remarks has no doubt raised his PR man’s stress level so much he had a heart attack. Mr. Cathy - your ignorance killed your employee. How very Christian of you.

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