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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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61.

cekeste    

What has the world come to when I can't eat a damn piece of chicken next door to my workplace without making a political statement of some kind????

786 days ago
62.

DJS    

Business is booming for this place. The Boycott has been an epic fail.

786 days ago
63.

Steven    

It's ironic that God would take the man just when he was taking a righteous stand. Makes me wonder if God, too, has changed teams.

786 days ago
64.

Kristoferian    

Tmz, you are a bunch of pricks. Even if he is a bigot, it's not okay AT ALL to drag his death and his family into the spotlight

786 days ago
65.

UNLEVINED HARVEY    

i agree no gay chickens

786 days ago
66.

Namaste    

God has spoken on this matter.. move along nothing to see here

786 days ago
67.

Wayne Merry    

With all due respect.... guess he ate too much of his own products

786 days ago
68.

LC    

Rest in Peace!!!

786 days ago
69.

deannatroupe    

Okay for those of you posting these hateful comments, you didn't even know him, so you can't say anything about hate or karma or any of that. He was one of the nicest men I knew and I am not going to sit up here and let anyone sling insults at him.

786 days ago
70.

K.C.    

Evidence that GOD HATES BIGOTS...?

786 days ago
71.

Joey    

Look at all of the Hates I guess the Haters are Anti Gay well Be careful look what happened to Don Perry

786 days ago
72.

DaveT    

There shouldn't be any PR issues.
I'm for gay people having the same rights and privileges as the rest of us.
But I'm not for gay people strutting the sidewalks of businesses demanding the business owners change their own personal beliefs.
That's a bunch of bullsh-t.
It's every bit the bullsh-t that it would be if the Chick-fil-A owners were openly gay and if a bunch of heterosexual people were on their sidewalk marching around demanding that the owners change their beliefs.
To people saying it's a good thing this man died or that he deserves it...grow the f*ck up.
You're just as despicable as heterosexuals who are anti-gay and wish death on gay people and then say insensitive cruel things when a gay person dies.

786 days ago
73.

Grace    

If you don't like the restaurant then just don't spend your hard earned money there. Period.

786 days ago
74.

cindy    

The Dude probably had a Heart Attack from all the stress from everything going on with the gay stuff.

786 days ago
75.

Mrshickso    

I agree; I knew Don personally and he was a great man. He doesnt deserve such negative and disrespectful comments.

RIP Mr Perry; CFA home office misses you already

786 days ago
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