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Chick-fil-A founder dies, aged 93

The deeply religious founder of US fast-food chain Chick-fil-A, S Truett Cathy, has died in Atlanta, Georgia, at the age of 93.

Cathy, a devout Southern Baptist, was born into poverty, but died a multi billionaire due to the success of his family-owned empire, which had annual sales of $5 billion in 2013.

Cathy launched his first diner in 1946 with his brother, and two decades later opened his first Chick-fil-A store in Atlanta.

Today the company has 1,600 stores.

According to Associated Press, Cathy established a contract with his children saying that they may sell the privately-owned chain, but the company must never go public.

His son Dan is currently chairman and president of the chain, and has attracted controversy for donating to groups campaigning against gay marriage.

As a result, gay rights groups called for boycotts and “kiss-ins” at the family-owned restaurants. The Jim Henson Company, famed for the Muppets franchise, pulled its toys from children’s meals.

The company also closes on Sundays so employees can observe the Sabbath day.

Cathy was active in the chain well into his 80s.

He leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Jeannette, their three children, and 32 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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