Longtime Chick-fil-A Spokesman Dies

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.

This program aired on July 27, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.


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