The Wall Street Journal reports:
The head of Chick-fil-A’s public relations division died Friday, a person familiar with the situation said.
Chick-fil-A has been the focus of a public backlash since its president and chief operating officer, Dan Cathy, said last week that he did not support same-sex marriage. Activists have protested the fast-food chain’s restaurants and local officials in Chicago and Boston have publicly said they do not want the Atlanta-based company to open new restaurants in their cities.
Donald Perry, Chick-fil-A’s vice president of corporate public relations, died of a heart attack Friday morning, according to television-news station WRBL News 3 in Columbus, Ga., which cited Mr. Cathy for the information. A person familiar with the situation confirmed that Mr. Perry had died, but spoke on the condition of anonymity pending an official statement from the company.UPDATE: Chick-fil-A confirms the death in a statement:
“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. He was a well-respected and well-liked media executive in the Atlanta and University of Georgia communities, and we will all miss him.”
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