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I thought this paragraph was interesting

A charismatic leader who said he ate a McDonald's product most days, Bell was diagnosed with colorectal cancer just weeks after being named to the company's top job in April.

This guy died a premature death @ 44 because he regulary ate the product (big Macs) which is a known fact that it will kill ya. Those burgers are so filled with chemicals and nitrates that are known cancer causing agents. The very product this guy sold ended up killing him. And im sure thousands or millions of others John and Jane Doe's of the world as well. I guess if your going to cheat. Then have a real burger! Not that junk

I guess the conclusion is what an indictment against McDonalds

McDonald's Ex-CEO dies at age 44
Bell, who stepped down in November to battle cancer, was company's first non-American chief.
January 17, 2005: 1:42 PM EST

Charlie Bell, 44, was first McDonald's CEO from outside the United States.

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SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp said Charlie Bell, who stepped down as the fast-food chain's chief executive in November to focus on his battle with cancer, died on Monday in his hometown of Sydney, Australia.

Bell, 44, died at about 7:30 a.m. (3:30 p.m. ET Sunday), said a company spokeswoman in Sydney. It was at a McDonald's restaurant in Sydney that Bell, whose personal motto was "Life is not a rehearsal," began his career with the chain at the age of 15.

"As we mourn his passing, I ask you to keep Charlie's family in your hearts and prayers," said McDonald's (Research) Chief Executive Jim Skinner in a statement. "And remember that in his abbreviated time on this earth, Charlie lived life to the fullest."

Bell is survived by his wife, Leonie, and daughter, Alex.

A charismatic leader who said he ate a McDonald's product most days, Bell was diagnosed with colorectal cancer just weeks after being named to the company's top job in April.

He underwent two surgeries and chemotherapy, delegating authority to other senior executives, before relinquishing the post in November to undergo more intensive treatment.

The company's first non-American CEO, Bell had succeeded Jim Cantalupo, who died suddenly of a heart attack after a little more than a year on the job at age 60. He was the company's first CEO to have worked behind the counter since Fred Turner, who retired in 1987.

During his nearly 30-year tenure with McDonald's, Bell introduced ideas such as McCafe, now the largest coffee shop brand in Australia and New Zealand.

A brash go-getter, Bell once told industry analysts that, like McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, he would ram a fire hose down any competitor's throat if he saw him drowning.

He was also known for being blunt, and once vowed not to let McDonald's get "fat, dumb and happy," saying the biggest threat to the company was complacency.

Began as part-timer
After beginning in 1976 as a part-timer at a McDonald's restaurant in Sydney's working-class suburb of Kingsford, Bell quickly rose through the ranks to become Australia's youngest store manager at age 19, a vice president at 27, and a member of McDonald's Australia's board of directors at 29.

From his earliest days with the company, the fast-talking Bell was known for telling his superiors how to run the business, friends and former colleagues have said.

After serving as head of the company's Australian business in the 1990s, Bell moved to the United States in 1999 to lead the company's operations in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Two years later, he became chief of McDonald's No. 2 market, Europe, where he was credited with fixing operations after the region was hurt by declining demand for beef following outbreaks of mad cow disease.

Considered Cantalupo's favorite, Bell became the company's president and chief operating officer in 2002 when Cantalupo was wooed out of retirement to take over the top job. At the time, Bell was a relative unknown to many at McDonald's Oak Brook, Illinois headquarters.

As Cantalupo's right-hand man, Bell was instrumental in implementing his predecessor's plan to revitalize sales at McDonald's flagship U.S. unit with new menu items like McGriddles breakfast sandwiches and entree-sized salads, improved service, and later restaurant hours.

Bell also oversaw the introduction of McDonald's popular "I'm Lovin' It" global advertising campaign, which has also been credited with helping reverse lagging sales.

The sales increases continued under Bell's leadership despite his illness, and McDonald's shares rose more than 8 percent during his seven months as CEO.

Concerns about Bell's worsening health surfaced when he was unable to travel to Athens for the Olympics, which McDonald's sponsored, in August. He was also absent from the company's second-quarter earnings conference call in October and a meeting of top managers in his native Sydney in November.

On a conference call with reporters shortly after taking over from Bell, Skinner said Bell had left the United States and was with his friends and family in Australia. He declined to comment on the condition of Bell's health.

McDonald's paid about $300,000 to fly Bell and his family back to Australia in a special medically equipped aircraft, the company said in a regulatory filing in December. McDonald's also agreed to buy Bell's U.S. home, ship the family's belongings to Australia, and cover any tax liability resulting from the arrangement.
 

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First Dave Thomas of Wendy's passes and now this guy

I am glad I rarely eat that sh*t
 

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WorldBelow07 said:
mcdonalds is grody. i never eat it. i ate it on saturday tho. and wtf i didnt know dave thomas died
he was a badass
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Dave passed like 3 years ago of cancer, after having quadriple bypass or something..
 

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Tommorow is Big Mac extra value day too, I know where I'm going for lunch.

Yeah the sh*t's not healthy, but then neither is drinking, sitting on your ass surfing piranha fury, breathing the air we breathe from our cars, inhaling second hand smoke, f*ck it. Unless you're living a seriously healthy lifestyle and watching your diet and excercising (which I commend anyone for doing) then just saying "well guess I won't eat at mcDonald's" is ridiculous because you're still an unhealthy bastard.
 

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elTwitcho said:
Tommorow is Big Mac extra value day too, I know where I'm going for lunch.

Yeah the sh*t's not healthy, but then neither is drinking, sitting on your ass surfing piranha fury, breathing the air we breathe from our cars, inhaling second hand smoke, f*ck it. Unless you're living a seriously healthy lifestyle and watching your diet and excercising (which I commend anyone for doing) then just saying "well guess I won't eat at mcDonald's" is ridiculous because you're still an unhealthy bastard.
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Right on, live life any way that makes you happy. Redardless of how careful you are, you will die at some point in time. May as well clock out of this world having enjoyed all the things in life you love.
 

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dwarfcat said:
Right on, live life any way that makes you happy. Redardless of how careful you are, you will die at some point in time. May as well clock out of this world having enjoyed all the things in life you love.
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True, and what makes me happy is being in good shape and not eating that crap.. I can't imagine anyone being happy from gobbling down big macs and quarter pounders; I am all for enjoying life and being a fat unhealthy slob is pretty much the opposite of enjoying life for me
 
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