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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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# 3

RIP Isaac Hayes.

# 4

rip, thanks for the wonderful music

# 5

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

# 6

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

My heart goes out to both families.

# 7

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

# 8
piper, with a low @ 08/10/2008 at 6:15 pm

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

# 9
zanessa/jashley @ 08/10/2008 at 6:16 pm

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

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.

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.

R.I.P Isaac.

OMG WTF GOING ON!!

SO SAD! I LOVED THAT SONG!

May he rest in peace!!

the shiznack @ 08/10/2008 at 6:31 pm

R.I.P Isaac

i loved your work man

bye chef

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

passing Through @ 08/10/2008 at 6:39 pm

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!

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

Zackery Fleming @ 08/10/2008 at 6:41 pm

Whyyyyy?

Heath

Bernie

Isaac

Always comes in 3s

Rest in Peace!! Hayes will be missed!

so sad :(

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…

a realist @ 08/10/2008 at 6:54 pm

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

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

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