McDonald's worker with Down Syndrome who made global headlines dies suddenly

A man with Down syndrome, who was recently honoured for working at the same McDonald's restaurant for 27 years, has died unexpectedly.

Family members in the US state of Georgia confirmed the man, Chris Campbell, died suddenly on Tuesday morning, at 42 years old.

Chris Campbell, who had Down syndrome, has died after being honoured with a Golden Star award for 27 years of working at McDonalds in Georgia, US.
Chris Campbell, who had Down syndrome, has died after being honoured for 27 years of working at McDonalds. Source: GoFundMe

“Chris Campbell was a wonderful example of the difference made by a loving family, supportive community and strong advocates,” read a statement on a GoFundMe page set up to support his family with funeral costs.

“He was a boy scout, church acolyte, community volunteer, McDonald's employee, loving son, grandson, brother, uncle, and friend.

“He was special in so many ways to so many people... His family feels an immense loss and will miss Chris' sweet smile and generous spirit,” they wrote.

The Macca’s employee made headlines in March after he was honoured with a trophy for being the restaurant's "golden star" after 27 years of service.

The restaurant's owner and operator Kellie Vander Veur told Georgia news outlet WCNC that her loyal worker was irreplaceable.

“He's going to be greatly missed,” she said. "He was a huge presence at the restaurant."

She said working made him happy.

“He had this place he could go to everyday. He had a McFamily."

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