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Chick-fil-A

PR Honcho Dies

of Heart Attack

7/27/2012 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A key member of the Chick-fil-A public relations department died of a heart attack this morning ... this in the middle of the biggest PR crisis the fast food chain has ever faced.

Chick-fil-A released a statement saying, "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."

As Chick-fil-A came under fire for its stance against gay marriage ... Perry spoke on behalf of the restaurant chain in an effort to smooth things over with the public ... promising to "leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

Chick-fil-A added, "Don was a member of our Chick-fil-A family for nearly 29 years.  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."

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Jah36    

"A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they someone who is not mad, they will say look, he is mad, he is not like us." Personally, I think homosexuality is perverted. Obviously it's unnatural. Society has devolved to a point where anything goes. Amoral behavior is the rule of the day...to the point that society is now debating the redefinition of an institution as it's been understood throughout thousands of years of human history. It's sad really.

As far as Chick-fil-A, I've never eaten there, but I'm going to start now...just the same as I stopped going to Starbucks. The Country is currently about evenly divided on the issue of creating homosexual marriage. Regardless of what a business owner or shareholder personally thinks of the issue, it is just incredibly stupid to wander into a political debate like this. All that serves is to alienate half of a company's customer base, no matter what side they're on...Starbucks AND Chick-fil-A! I no longer spend my money on Starbucks and people that want to redefine marriage will no longer spend money at Chick-fil-A. Incredibly stupid from a business perspective!

825 days ago
137.

dennis    

Now let's see, Chick-fil-A opposes same sex marriage, yes? So this makes them anti gay and wrong, right? And that freedom of speech thing, when does it apply?

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138.

Shannon    

hmmm....what a shame...yawn.

825 days ago
139.

Raejean    

I think people need to remember that this man was a human being with a job to do and a family. You don't know his personal values, but even if they came down 100% with the corporate side, he didn't deserve to die over this issue, and anyone who says otherwise or takes cruel joy in it is the biggest and most worthless POS in creation who needs to re-examine their OWN character and values. R.I.P.

825 days ago
140.

Savvy1    

The gays are probably dancing in the streets! Sure does make me want to support them! NOT! Why is this happening?? I don't get it... I don't know why the gays want to talley for "no hate" but it seems quite clear to me THEY are the only ones "hating" people, companies and religions for not believing their way! What a joke! Go back home and keep ur nasty sex life behind closed doors... You are NOT equal or you wouldn't be classified as "alternative" and if you want to be a part of traditional marriage than you must be TRADITIONAL, not against nature, not sleeping with your same sex. Who the hell goes around announcing their sexual preference anyway!! Stop forcing your CHOICES on everyone else!

825 days ago
141.

Michelle    

God hates people who hate gays.

825 days ago
142.

Zarley    

So the person who died after serving obama wasn't chopped liver.TMZ biased .nahhh.

825 days ago
143.

But_I'm_not_Wrong    

KARMA takes care of everything

825 days ago
144.

TEAinCA    

Stop bulling people that do not agree with your beliefs and opinions!!! We have 1st amendment rights!!! This is not a fascist country. If you are intolerant of other peoples beliefs, don't be a bully. If you do not like it, then do not eat there stupid people!!!! Grow up. Read a history book and the U.S. Constitution. Go Chick -A -Fil-A!!!!!!

825 days ago
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Betsy    

Leave the debate to debate. This man was the epitome of integrity, class and kindness and should only be remembered as such. Don, we miss you beyond belief.

825 days ago
146.

Abe    

You reap what you sow. Chick-fil-A.

825 days ago
147.

Jose    

Looks like that marriage issue was omitted from the Bible on purpose.

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148.

MD    

This world is so screwed up!! Oh well...I guy died because of backlash for standing up for his company's beliefs. News flash bleeding heart liberals, not everybody is gay and people have the RIGHT to not support gay rights! Come off your high horse and accept that.

825 days ago
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hayzel3288    

Sooooo, we are supposed to feel sorry for him? I would never align myself with a company/entity (think: Boy Scouts) that spews ignorance, hate and division. It's a CHOICE to work there, but it's NOT a choice to be gay.

825 days ago
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Ky Elliott    

i don't know if i should be saddened by this...or over joyed

825 days ago
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