S. Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A, died Monday at age 93, and the conservative billionaire's critics immediately jumped at the chance to bash his infamous anti-gay views.
Cathy, who grew Chick-fil-A from a tiny suburban Atlanta grill to more than 1,800 restaurants, was known just as much for his Christian principles — all of his store locations were closed on Sundays — as his business smarts, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"I had a low image of myself because I was brought up in the deep Depression," Cathy said in a 2008 interview with the Journal-Constitution. "I struggled to get through high school. I didn't get to go to college. But it made me realize you can do anything if you want to bad enough."
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Chick-fil-A made Cathy a billionaire but the company ran into controversy in 2012 when his son Dan, the current chair, told the Baptist Press that the company was "guilty as charged" for backing "the biblical definition of a family," according to the Washington Post.
Some Twitter followers made reference to the company's stance in negative comments about Cathy on social media as news of his death spread.
Others, though, flooded Twitter with positive posts about Cathy and his contributions.
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