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Breaking: Soul singer Isaac Hayes dead at 65

More sad news to report: soul singer and voice of Chef on South Park Isaac Hayes has died at the age of 65:

The legendary musician died early Sunday morning at his home in Memphis, Tennessee.

His wife found him on the floor near a treadmill inside his home. He was was taken to Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, where he was pronounced dead at 2:08 a.m.


The story is still developing, and police are investigating but don't believe any foul play was involved. Hayes was possibly best known for the soundtrack to the movie Shaft, for which he was the composer and won Grammy and Academy Awards for his work on it. He also voiced the character of Chef on cartoon series South Park.

Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


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Comments (6)

Wow...who in the world is n... (Below threshold)

Wow...who in the world is next. Comes in 3's...

Hot Buttered Soul wa... (Below threshold)

Hot Buttered Soul was an instant "Classic" for those who discovered music in the 1970's.

A true musical legend -- hi... (Below threshold)

A true musical legend -- his unique style and contributions to music will live forever. RIP, Isaac.

I loved his Chef character ... (Below threshold)

I loved his Chef character on SOUTH PARK and was deeply saddened when he left over a dispute over how his Scientologist religion was treated with humor on one show. Issac Hayes seemed like such a great guy who had a nice sense of humor despite his macho tough guy image he projected, and it was deeply surprising that he quit over just these jokes.

On Conan O'Brien's show, Issac Hayes was always a great guest and did one of the best versions of his classic SHAFT song ever on this show with a big string section.

Hayes had a successful radio show for years and was a popular radio fixture for years. His records were classic with his deep masculine voice compared to so many singers.

Hayes was a legend. He will be deeply missed by me. What a great life he had. He was the essence of cool.

I remember his recurring ro... (Below threshold)
Rick A:

I remember his recurring role on 'The Rockford Files'. Good stuff.

Scientology sucks. ... (Below threshold)

Scientology sucks.




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