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Isaac Hayes Dead at 65

Isaac Hayes Dead at 65

Grammy and Oscar-winning musician Isaac Hayes died in Memphis, Tenn., at age 65 on Sunday afternoon, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said.

His wife, who found him unresponsive on the floor near a treadmill, immediately called police to the scene. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Hayes co-wrote the hit song “Soul Man” and provided the voice of “Chef” on South Park.

Our prayers and condolences go out to the Hayes friends and family.

RIP.

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  • http://deleted nichole

    rip isaac hayes

  • http://deleted nichole

    rip isaac hayes

  • bdj

    RIP Isaac Hayes.

  • Rose

    rip, thanks for the wonderful music

  • http://GPost Team Lara Croft

    Rest in peace Isaac. We’ll always love your music – your version of “Walk on By” is brilliant. Brilliant!

  • Narf

    First Bernie, now Isssc? Man, what a sad, sad weekend.

    My heart goes out to both families.

  • selma

    Oh my God, but what is happening to our black stars????????????

  • piper, with a low

    Isaac Hayes wrote and performed the greatest Oscar-winning song ever… The Theme from Shaft.

    Nothing has and will touch it.

    And Chef… one of the best cartoon characters, ever!!!

    RIP

  • zanessa/jashley

    RIP Isaac Hayes, Chef is a classic in South Park..

  • someone

    You are already missed Isaac. It’s really sad how people are dying so young. They still had a lot of time ahead of them (Berny and Isaac). Also celebraties deaths are happening too suddenly lately. You really don’t expect them.

  • http://GPost Team Lara Croft

    selma @ 08/10/2008 at 6:15 pm

    Oh my God, but what is happening to our black stars????????????
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I must point out when three or two white stars die one after each other, no one says “what is happening to our white stars”. What does death have to do with race? Geesh.

  • helen

    RIP

  • nina

    R.I.P Isaac.

  • LuckyL

    OMG WTF GOING ON!!

    SO SAD! I LOVED THAT SONG!

    May he rest in peace!!

  • the shiznack

    R.I.P Isaac

    i loved your work man

    bye chef

  • http://justjared.buzznet.com Ally

    wow, just a day after bernie,
    RIP, they were both great men and will be missed

  • passing Through

    Holy crap! What in the hell is going on? First Bernie Mac, now Isaac Hayes.

    BTW – Jared, dude…you forgot the song Isaac Hayes is most known for – Shaft…They say that cat’s a baaaaaad motha… Shut yo mouth! But I’m just talking about Shaft!

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  • Ren

    What the hell is going on? First Bernie Mac..now, Isaac Hayes.
    It’s been terrible weekend for Hollywood.

  • Zackery Fleming

    Whyyyyy?

    Heath

    Bernie

    Isaac

    Always comes in 3s

  • vicks

    Rest in Peace!! Hayes will be missed!

    so sad :(

  • Ely

    Very sad yes, but its the only thing that is promised to all of us- death.

    So crazy that these two artists have made a difference in the genres they worked in, and they’re gone on the same weekend.

    Rest in peace…

  • tiny

    RIP Issac.

  • a realist

    What a great voice that has been silenced. We will greatly miss you, Isaac. Rest in peace.

  • http://justjared dina #1

    Your songs will live on in our hearts. My prayers are with you and your family. Peace

  • What the Hell is with 2008!?!

    RIP Issac Hayes.

  • .

    dang!! why??? oh why is every1 dying

  • Shar

    RIP Isaac Hayes!! You will forever be remembered. This may sound weird, but both Bernie and Isaac just finished the movie “Soul Man” with Samuel Jackson. Things that make you go hmmm!!!

  • selma

    Team Lara Croft @ 08/10/2008 at 6:21 pm

    I said so because I am black, and it’s very shocking for me to see people I admire die one after each other (But I was also referring to Morgan accident).
    Of sure, I know that dead have nothing to do with the race, but the fact is that these two people were blacks, and too much young in order to die, and they were black stars.
    Sorry if that hurt you, and when 2 or 3 white stars died one after each other, I will allow you to say: “what is happening to our white stars”.

  • Sheri

    Jared thank you for giving Isaac a thread..

    Isaac you will be missed! Greatly, Black Moses is still on of my favorite albums, that velvet deep somewhat rough on the edge voice that made women get goose bumps was one of a kind! Rest in peace!

  • alexanderina

    Another day and more shocking news. I can’t believe it. RIP Isaac Hayes. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Sheri

    selma @ 08/10/2008 at 7:06 pm
    ———————
    I feel you! I know what you mean, I find it odd somebody felt the need make a challenge to what you said…. Barry, Luther, Isaac even Rick James, we have lost a whole group of soulful black singers. Bernie’s gone, Richard before him all too young. These are the men our parents had playing in our houses growing up. Well Rick wasn’t, made my Mom nervous! :lol: But this is our youth, at least mine…

  • Sheri

    Please don’t copy what #32 has posted, I flagged him hopefully out of respect for those who have passed Jared will remove the post

  • AMY

    Y IZ EVERy1 hu gd dieing is god needin themm…hmmm

  • Stan, Kyle, eric, Kenny

    rip chef

  • gina

    Another one we’ve lost way too soon!

    http://celebritytoday.today.com

  • Shar

    Sheri @ 08/10/2008 at 7:25 pm selma @ 08/10/2008 at 7:06 pm
    ———————
    I feel you! I know what you mean, I find it odd somebody felt the need make a challenge to what you said…. Barry, Luther, Isaac even Rick James, we have lost a whole group of soulful black singers. Bernie’s gone, Richard before him all too young. These are the men our parents had playing in our houses growing up. Well Rick wasn’t, made my Mom nervous! But this is our youth, at least mine…

    ——————————————————————————
    ITA, i’m with u girls all the way!!!

  • Mondo Bongo!

    Kiss is playing his music as a tribute to him right now..
    98.7 Kiss FM

  • Sheri

    Mondo Bongo! @ 08/10/2008 at 7:45 pm
    ———————-
    I posted the pics on the Bernie thread, also have pics of his daughter and grand daughter, ohh such a cutie!

  • Sheri

    Shar @ 08/10/2008 at 7:42 pm

    Sheri @ 08/10/2008 at 7:25 pm selma @ 08/10/2008 at 7:06 pm
    ———————
    I feel you! I know what you mean, I find it odd somebody felt the need make a challenge to what you said…. Barry, Luther, Isaac even Rick James, we have lost a whole group of soulful black singers. Bernie’s gone, Richard before him all too young. These are the men our parents had playing in our houses growing up. Well Rick wasn’t, made my Mom nervous! But this is our youth, at least mine…

    ——————————————————————————
    ITA, i’m with u girls all the way!!!
    ———————
    Every thing that was part of my youth is slowly disappearing! Do you remember how when the bad words, as we used to call them, although they never were said, came up in the song Shaft and you whispered them thinking you were tough? There I was all tall, gangly, with afro puffs and braces looking like a female Urkel, but Isaac made me feel cool! :lol: Will miss this man!

  • Zahira

    R.i.P Isaac
    you’ll be missed!

  • sonia

    prayers go out to the family, RIP

  • marcia @portland or

    all the GBM die young but the will live on in our hearts so we will remember them always and never forget them no matter if they are gone but we all have to go someday

  • victoria

    REST IN PEACE ISAAC HAYES……………… You will be missed… How very Sad….. God Speed!!

  • nikkita

    whats with all this deaths. damn… R.I.P isaac.

  • David Miscavige

    People! people! you are all so ignorant, please Isaac is not dead, He is a scientologist and he has outlived the use of his physical body, he has simply uploaded to a higher level just like L. Ron Hubbard did.

    You are all invited to his going away to a higher level party tomorrow night at the celebrity center!

    Long live and prosper! Bitches!

  • http://GPost Team Lara Croft

    selma @ 08/10/2008 at 7:06 pm

    Team Lara Croft @ 08/10/2008 at 6:21 pm

    I said so because I am black, and it’s very shocking for me to see people I admire die one after each other (But I was also referring to Morgan accident).
    Of sure, I know that dead have nothing to do with the race, but the fact is that these two people were blacks, and too much young in order to die, and they were black stars.
    Sorry if that hurt you, and when 2 or 3 white stars died one after each other, I will allow you to say: “what is happening to our white stars”.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I love how people make random race-based comments and when called on it they ALWAYS claim they are black. You are probably not. That said, even if you were, that does not pardon the unnecessary comment. It is a moment of death for an accomplished man who has fought to be more than what America offered him as a Black man. Afford him, in his moment of death to honor his passing without your silly remark.

    And just because two men die within one week of each other: Bernie and Isaac – then that is a commentary on the desolate state of losses in black stars? WHAT?!!!

    You have to understand that that same thinking: that Morgan, Isaac and Bernie’s loss can be a way to recognize that black stars are too young to die – that this thinking lends itself to other racist assessments: for example, if three black guys in a week do something bad then all of a sudden do we deduct that that is a commentary on the sad state of black people? OR does it just HAPPEN to be three black men who HAPPEN to do something bad???

    Get a grip. Your ignorance is plain and clear. Even in a moment like this.

  • zen2

    R.I.P.
    My condolences to the family.

  • Vfan

    Whoa first Bernie now him.

  • lady t

    Rest in peace Isaac and many prayers to your beloved family…

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