ATLANTA, GA: Don Perry, VP of public relations at Chick-fil-A, died on Friday at the end of a traumatic week for the chicken restaurant chain.
Chick-fil-A did not disclose the cause of Perry's death. Perry had been with the company 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,” the company said in a statement.
Perry's death came as the company faces a PR firestorm for its anti-gay marriage stance. Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy said earlier this month that the fast-food chain was “guilty as charged” in its support of the “biblical definition of the family.” Mayors of cities such as Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco have since spoken out against Cathy's statement, and gay rights groups are calling for a boycott of the chain.