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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.


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71 Responses to “Isaac Hayes Dead at 65”

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  1. 1
    nichole Says:

    rip isaac hayes

  2. 2
    nichole Says:

    rip isaac hayes

  3. 3
    bdj Says:

    RIP Isaac Hayes.

  4. 4
    Rose Says:

    rip, thanks for the wonderful music

  5. 5
    Team Lara Croft Says:

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

  6. 6
    Narf Says:

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

    My heart goes out to both families.

  7. 7
    selma Says:

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

  8. 8
    piper, with a low Says:

    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!!!


  9. 9
    zanessa/jashley Says:

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

  10. 10
    someone Says:

    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.

  11. 11
    Team Lara Croft Says:

    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.

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    helen Says:


  13. 13
    nina Says:

    R.I.P Isaac.

  14. 14
    LuckyL Says:



    May he rest in peace!!

  15. 15
    the shiznack Says:

    R.I.P Isaac

    i loved your work man

    bye chef

  16. 16
    Ally Says:

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

  17. 17
    passing Through Says:

    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!

  18. 18
    Vogue Says:

    what a sad weekend

  19. 19
    Ren Says:

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

  20. 20
    Zackery Fleming Says:





    Always comes in 3s

  21. 21
    vicks Says:

    Rest in Peace!! Hayes will be missed!

    so sad :(

  22. 22
    Ely Says:

    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…

  23. 23
    tiny Says:

    RIP Issac.

  24. 24
    a realist Says:

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

  25. 25
    dina #1 Says:

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

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