McDonald’s Big Mac creator dies at 98

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PITTSBURGH — You may not know his name, but you’ve likely devoured his creation.

Michael James Delligatti, the McDonald’s franchisee who created the Big Mac nearly 50 years ago, died Monday at his home in Pittsburgh, ABC News reports. He was 98.

The Big Mac is one of the best-known fast food sandwiches in the world — two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.

Delligatti’s son told ABC his father ate one 540-calorie Big Mac a week for decades.

The Big Mac was invented by Delligatti at his franchise in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, in 1967. He invented the Big Mac after determining consumers wanted a bigger sandwich.

Demand for the Big Mac soared and it was added to the company’s national menu in 1968.

“Delligatti was a legendary franchisee within McDonald’s system who made a lasting impression on our brand,” McDonald’s said Wednesday in a statement.