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Old 08-10-08, 04:36 PM
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Isaac Hayes Dead At 65

(CNN) -- Soul singer and arranger Isaac Hayes, who won Grammy awards and an Oscar for the theme from the 1971 action film "Shaft," has died, sheriff's officials in Memphis, Tennessee, reported Sunday.


Singer Issac Hayes seen performing in the U.K. last year. Hayes was found dead Sunday at age 65.

Relatives found Hayes, 65, unconscious in his home next to a still-running treadmill, said Steve Shular, a spokesman for the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

Paramedics attempted to revive him and took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 2 p.m., the sheriff's department said.

No foul play is suspected, the agency said in a written statement.

Hayes was a longtime songwriter and arranger for Stax Records in Memphis, playing in the studio's backup band and crafting tunes for artists such as Otis Redding and Sam and Dave in the 1960s.

He released his first solo album in 1967, and his 1969 follow-up, "Hot Buttered Soul," became a platinum hit.

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In 1971, the theme from "Shaft" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks and won an Academy Award for best original theme song. The song and the movie score also won Grammy awards for best original score and movie theme.

Hayes won a third Grammy for pop instrumental performance with the title track to his 1972 "Black Moses" album.

From the late 1990s through 2006, Hayes provided the voice of "Chef" for Comedy Central's raunchy animated series "South Park," as well as numerous songs.

The role introduced him to a new generation of fans, but he left after the show lampooned his own religion, the Church of Scientology.

Sad.
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Oh my God the killed Chef!

RIP Isaac.
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Goodbye, children.

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I don't respect the man for leaving South Park like he did. Very hypocritical, to say the least. But R.I.P.
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Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes...who's going to be #3?
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Originally Posted by dadaluholla
Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes...who's going to be #3?
And will he/she also be black?
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another member of that planned flick "soul men" who has popped his clogs in the last couple of days. the only one left i'm aware of is samuel l jackson. bet he's being ultra cautious right now!
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Damn. What a bummer.

He did some cool stuff.
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Wasn't Morgan Freeman in a car crash recently?
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Originally Posted by Trout
Wasn't Morgan Freeman in a car crash recently?
Final Destination 4? (Complete with Freeman voiceover!)
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Originally Posted by dadaluholla
Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes...who's going to be #3?
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What happens in the afterlife if you're a scientologist? (serious question)

RIP, there won't ever be a more recognizable voice than his.

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Originally Posted by project86
RIP, there won't ever be a more recognizable voice than his.
Well, there's James Earl Jones. His voice is probably more recognizable than Isaac Hayes. Unless your talking strictly about music.
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Originally Posted by dadaluholla
Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes...who's going to be #3?
Black men beware! I came in here to see how long before the #3 came up. 6 posts.

RIP Isaac. And Bernie. And the next black man to die.
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Originally Posted by Lee Harvey Oswald
And the next black man to die.
OJ ?
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I guess he finally knows the whole Xenu thing is bullshit.
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Originally Posted by Trout
Wasn't Morgan Freeman in a car crash recently?
He almost had a finger amputated I think, but he's ok.
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Who is the man.....damn right.
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Originally Posted by Lee Harvey Oswald
Black men beware! I came in here to see how long before the #3 came up. 6 posts.

RIP Isaac. And Bernie. And the next black man to die.

Hope its not anyone who's running for President. Sorry but your user name and question and the death of middle ages black men has me worried.
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Originally Posted by Canadian Bacon
OJ ?
He said 'man'; not 'turd'.
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Could Ike Turner retroactively be #3?
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Among his many other accomplishments, Isaac Hayes co-wrote one of the greatest songs of all time:


R.I.P., Isaac.

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