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In this undated photo provided by Chick-fil-A, Vice President of Public Relations Donald A. Perry is shown. The Atlanta-based company said in a statement that Perry died Friday morning. The cause of death was not released by the company. Perry worked at Chick-fil-A for nearly 29 years. (AP Photo/ Chick-fil-A, Peter Frey)
ATLANTA (AP) — 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.