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Isaac Hayes's Cause of Death Revealed: Stroke | Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes's Cause of Death Revealed: Stroke

Originally posted 08/13/2008 12:10PM

Soul singer Isaac Hayes apparently died of a stroke Sunday, the sheriff’s department in Memphis, Tenn., revealed Tuesday.

Steve Shular, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department, said an autopsy was not performed, but paperwork filed by Hayes's family physician, Dr. David Kraus, listed the cause of death as a stroke, the Associated Press reports. Shular said Kraus told investigators he was treating Hayes, who was 65, for high blood pressure.

Hayes was found Sunday by family members lying on the floor of his Memphis home beside a treadmill that was still on.

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Showbiz Stars Mourn Isaac Hayes | Isaac Hayes

Untimely Deaths

Showbiz Stars Mourn Isaac Hayes

Originally posted 08/12/2008 02:40PM

Isaac Hayes was a kind and gentle man who left a huge mark before his death in Memphis on Sunday at age 65, his many celebrity friends tell PEOPLE.

"Isaac Hayes helped pave the way for so many artists like myself," says Ashanti, who sampled his song, "The Look Of Love," in her hit, "Rain on Me."

"I also had the honor of meeting him several times – he was always so sweet like an older uncle," she says.

"He was a warm, gentle soul," agrees his pal Richard Roundtree, who played the slick title character of the 1971 movie, Shaft, for which Hayes's movie theme song won both an Oscar and a Grammy.

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Soul Musician Isaac Hayes Dies at 65 | Isaac Hayes

Tributes

UpdatePosted 08/10/2008 06:00PM

Soul Musician Isaac Hayes Dies at 65

Originally posted 08/10/2008 05:00PM

Soul music pioneer Isaac Hayes – whose 1971 "Theme from Shaft" won the Oscar and Grammys – died Sunday in Memphis, where he lived. He was 65.

A releative discovered an unresponsive Hayes near an exercise machine in their home at midday, and Hayes was pronounced dead at 2:10 p.m. when he arrived at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office tells PEOPLE.

"The family had last seen him about noon," says Steve Shular, public information officer for that office. "Family members had gone to the grocery store and left him home. When the family came home around 1, his wife's cousin found him lying on the floor in the basement near a treadmill. The treadmill was running, so it is believed that he had been working out."

Although the hospital is still determining the cause of death, Shular says Hayes most likely died of natural causes.

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It's a Boy for Isaac Hayes and Wife | Isaac Hayes

It's a Boy for Isaac Hayes and Wife

Originally posted 05/17/2006 08:00AM

Soul singer and former South Park star Isaac Hayes and his wife Adjowa are the parents of a baby boy, the couple have announced.

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Skewered Chef Killed Off on South Park | Isaac Hayes

Skewered Chef Killed Off on South Park

Originally posted 03/23/2006 07:55AM

Isaac Hayes showed up on Wednesday's 10th season premiere of South Park after all, with the voicetrack for his character Chef assembled from the soul singer's past episodes.

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Chef Back in South Park, Minus Hayes | Isaac Hayes

Chef Back in South Park, Minus Hayes

Originally posted 03/21/2006 04:00PM

When Comedy Central's South Park serves up its tenth-season premiere Wednesday night, expect a heaping plate of trouble.

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Isaac Hayes Quits South Park | Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes Quits South Park

Originally posted 03/14/2006 08:00AM

Christians, Jews, Muslims, Mormons and Scientologists have been raked over the comic coals of Comedy Central's South Park, and Isaac Hayes, who voices the character Chef, says he won't stand for it anymore.

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Isaac Hayes Hospitalized for Exhaustion | Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes Hospitalized for Exhaustion

Originally posted 01/18/2006 08:00AM

South Park's deep-voiced Chef, Isaac Hayes, is being treated at an undisclosed Memphis hospital for exhaustion.

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Rockers Get the 'Shaft' from Hayes

Originally posted 03/19/2002 12:00PM

Jakob Dylan introduces Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Chef from "South Park" opens the show at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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