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Don Perry, VP of Chick-fil-A Public Relations, Dies of Heart Attack

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Donald A. Perry, the Vice President of Corporate Public Relations for Chick-fil-A, has died.

WRBL reports:

Ross Cathy, the owner of the Midland, GA Chick-fil-A and family member of company CEO, Dan Cathy, tells News 3, Perry passed away this morning from a heart attack.

Chick-fil-A released 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.  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.

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  1. I wish he and his family the best during this difficult time. Yes, he was bad at his job but he was still a human being. The internet is going to have a field day with the timing of this unfortunate event.

    Posted by: Josh-2 | Jul 27, 2012 2:37:43 PM


  2. Sudden unexpected death, no matter what their personal views are, is always sad and unfortunate. My condolences to his family.

    Posted by: Scott | Jul 27, 2012 2:39:56 PM


  3. poor guy, I can imagine his job has been pretty stressful these days.

    RIP.

    Posted by: Chad | Jul 27, 2012 2:40:00 PM


  4. I do not wish death on anyone and, despite his intolerant views, extend comfort and peace to his family. I just have to wonder, however, whether God is sending a message.

    Posted by: grench | Jul 27, 2012 2:40:26 PM


  5. He died? Oh.

    Posted by: Astro Boy | Jul 27, 2012 2:41:37 PM


  6. Stand by for the "blame the gays" in 3..2..1

    Posted by: Txstevo | Jul 27, 2012 2:42:11 PM


  7. Cholesterol much?

    Posted by: SFer | Jul 27, 2012 2:43:26 PM


  8. It is always sad when someone dies unexpectedly, however how long will it take for a right winger site to claim that the stress put on him by gay people killed him, or some other conspiratorial nonsense.

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 27, 2012 2:43:52 PM


  9. I guess he didn't pray hard enough.

    Posted by: LAXJFK | Jul 27, 2012 2:44:02 PM


  10. WELL I SUPPOSE THE QUEENS CAN NOW CLAIM SOME KIND OF KARMIC JUSTICE HERE JUST LIKE THE FUNDAMENTALISTS CLAIMING THAT DROUGHTS AND OTHER WEATHER RELATED CACA IS BEHIND GAYS WANTING THEIR RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES. AND NOW DIANNE FEINSTEIN WANTS BIGGER CAGES FOR CHICKENS. BETWEEN THAT AND THE CHIK FIL A BOUHAHA MAYBE MY GURU IS RIGHT, HE SAYS HE'S REINCARNATING AS A HEN, IN 10 YEARS THEY'LL HAVE ALL THE RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES OF YOUR AVERAGE HUMAN. NAMASTE.

    Posted by: THE QUEEN | Jul 27, 2012 2:44:47 PM


  11. He must have shook his fist at god.

    Posted by: Tamika | Jul 27, 2012 2:46:39 PM


  12. don't f*ck with God and his creation, he'll smite you.

    Posted by: tc in nyc | Jul 27, 2012 2:46:43 PM


  13. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Posted by: HA | Jul 27, 2012 2:46:46 PM


  14. Live by the hate, promote the hate, die by the hate....

    Posted by: CGB | Jul 27, 2012 2:46:58 PM


  15. Hush up Queenie!

    They'll blame us, of course, but people have always blamed minorities for the bad things that happen. I wish only peace for the man's friends and family.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 27, 2012 2:47:47 PM


  16. There is a direct line here between God's vengeance and the evils of the company he worked for. I mean, using the logic of Christians who pointed to natural disasters as being caused by gays.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jul 27, 2012 2:51:38 PM


  17. I'm not going to be like the religious nutties who would say maybe this was God's punishment. They would never do that to us. Sarcasm.

    Posted by: EYEROLL | Jul 27, 2012 2:51:53 PM


  18. The holy war that Mr. Cathey touted so proudly has claimed its first victim. Very sad news. Perhaps it is time for them to change course.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jul 27, 2012 2:59:37 PM


  19. May he find the fate he deserves.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jul 27, 2012 2:59:37 PM


  20. There is no omnipotent fairy man in the sky. So no, he was not being punished.

    I'm sure he's had a very stressful week. May he rest in peace.

    Posted by: endo | Jul 27, 2012 3:02:57 PM


  21. "I mean, using the logic of Christians who pointed to natural disasters as being caused by gays."

    Except that when they try to use that, generally God misses the appropriate target by weeks, or miles. The parallel would actually be if someone in a mail room three blocks away who once looked at a chicken died suddenly.

    So, either a vengeful God takes much more careful aim when He's on our side, or this has nothing to do with God.

    Our point is that family is important during both the good times and the bad times. I wish his family all the best during this difficult time, and if this tragedy happens to help some of the other narrow minded people there see that family is important, that would be a nice thing.

    Posted by: Lymis | Jul 27, 2012 3:05:00 PM


  22. Uhm Gawd's age is catching up to him because his aim is way off

    just can't smite the evil gays for the sake of his righteous chicken cookers like he used to

    Posted by: say what | Jul 27, 2012 3:06:02 PM


  23. HOLY WAR???? Really? You.dumb cluck

    Posted by: Suzy | Jul 27, 2012 3:10:15 PM


  24. It was an inside job. The Cathy's are the fried food mobsters with money to take our all in their path. They took out Perry to blame teh Gay's....

    Posted by: Steveo | Jul 27, 2012 3:10:36 PM


  25. I'm very disappointed with Towleroad putting this headline here to elicit comments about this topic. This seems like pandering to start a controversy. Your website has been wonderful for so many years, but this is petty.

    Posted by: greg | Jul 27, 2012 3:11:44 PM


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