What Killed Chick-Fil-A PR Man Don Perry?

Chick-fil-A's public relations leader has died suddenly, in the midst of the restaurant chain's escalating drama over president Dan Cathy's anti-gay marriage stance. Was it a heart attack?

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The Chick-fil-A team is in mourning today over the unexpected death of PR leader Don Perry on Friday morning. Early reports state it is believed Perry, tasked with handling backlash and boycotts due to the company's anti-gay marriage stance, suffered a heart attack.

"Don was a member of our Chick-fil-A family for nearly 29 years," the company said in a statement Friday. "For many of you in the media, he was the spokesperson for Chick-fil-A. He was a well-respected and well-liked media executive in the Atlanta and University of Georgia communities, and we will all miss him.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family," Chick-fil-A's statement concluded.

Earlier this month company president Dan Cathy told an online publication that he supports "the biblical definition of the family unit... We intend to stay the course. We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."

Unpopular, indeed. Actor Ed Helms tweeted his distaste for Chick-fil-A's stance, adding that he would no longer be eating at their establishments, while The Jim Henson Company has pulled The Muppets toys from their fast food kids meals.

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In a statement issued by Don Perry on July 19, he attempted to remove Chick-fil-A from politics, saying, "Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."

Though the company's officials need time to cope with Don Perry's passing, the Chick-fil-A gay controversy shows no signs of quieting down. On Aug. 1 supporters of Chick-fil-A have planned an "Appreciation Day," while opponents are gathering for a "Kiss-in" just two days later.

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Comments on "Chick-fil-A PR man drops dead in midst of gay crisis"

Grant August 01, 2012 | 1:37 AM

I guess when ya fill your heart n mind with bigotry n hatred it really does eat you alive. They don't just serve food they fund anti organizations with the money spent there. My money is better spent at KFC where I can get good chicken without the side of Christian hate :-)

Mel July 31, 2012 | 9:11 AM

The food at Chic-Fil-A has nothing to do with their political views. Chic-Fil-A is here to feed us. Let them do their job and keep politics out of fast food. Really, what does it matter what their political view is. We all know they are a Christian based company. Are people truly this shocked? Just another issues for people to complain about. Now a man has lost his life due to the stress of this controversy? I will alsways support Chic-Fil-A, because their food is great!

Kathleen July 28, 2012 | 3:21 AM

I am not really sure what the problem is here.....the company is Christian based and closes on Sunday's ...so what if they are anti really was it worth the loss of their pr person over chicken sandwiches and waffle fire ? Sad....just really sad

Emma July 27, 2012 | 7:38 PM

This is too bad and hard not to think that it could have been caused by the stress of the situation now. I'm sure this isn't the first issue of its kind this man has had to deal with. I support Chick fil A and their believe system, I think it's great such an establishment stuck to their guns! I do agree though that it should be a matter handled by the government.

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