ATLANTA - Atlanta news reports today that Chick-Fil-A spokesman Don Perry died today of a sudden heart attack amidst a national controversy over the corporation's CEO Dan Cathy statements. Cathy confirmed in an interview his personal religious belief in support of the traditional definition of marriage. The mayors of Boston and Chicago voiced their disapproval of Cathy's position this week and the LGBT movement stoked a national firestorm against the fast food chain.
Chick-Fil-A Inc's statement reads:
We are saddened to report the news to you that our dear friend Don Perry, vice president of public relations, passed away suddenly this morning.
Don was a member of our Chick-fil-A family for nearly 29 years. 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.