Amidst all the recent Chick-fil-A controversy, the company’s longtime public relations vice president Don Perry suddenly died on July 27. Reports so far are indicating Perry died from a heart attack, but no official cause of death has been released yet.
Chick-fil-A released a statement in regards to Don Perry’s passing:
“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.”
The president of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, recently made remarks on a radio show interview that blatantly indicated the company was against gay marriage, causing outrage in the gay community and in some politicians’ circles. Boycotts of the chain have come about as a result.
Cathy said in the interview that he supports “the biblical definition of the family unit,” which he defines as the traditional marriage between a man and a woman.
“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” the Chick-fil-A president said in the interview.
Both approval and disapproval for Chick-fil-A has come as a result of Cathy’s outspoken interview. Chick-fil-A supporters have announced Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day scheduled for August 1st at local Chick-fil-A restaurants around the U.S. Those in opposition have called for a boycott of the fast food chicken chain, especially on that day.