Isaac Hayes, R&B Legend, Dies at Age 65

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* Younger generation people know him as a voice of "Chef" from "South park" 

Dead black funk musicianIsaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American soul and funk singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger, composer and actor. Hayes was one of the main creative forces behind southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served as both an in-house songwriter and producer with partner David Porter during the mid-1960s. In the late 1960s, Hayes became a recording artist, and recorded successful soul albums such as Hot Buttered Soul (1969) and Black Moses (1971) as the Stax label’s premier artist.

Death of Isaac Hayes
Isaac Hayes was found dead in his home located just east of Memphis, Tennessee on August 10, 2008 as reported by the Shelby County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Department. A Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy responded to Hayes’ home after his wife found him on the floor near a still-running treadmill. Hayes was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, where he was pronounced dead at 2:08pm.

2 days later (August 12, 2008) Isaac hayes’ death was officially filed as a stroke brought on by chronic hypertension.  Isaac Hayes was 65 years of at the time of his death.

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