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Legendary soul singer Isaac Hayes dies at 65


Music icon, legendary soul singer/songwriter, producer, and actor, Isaac Hayes, was pronounced dead in Memphis today at 2:08am Sunday morning.

Music icon, legendary soul singer/songwriter (who wrote the theme song for "Shaft"), producer, and actor, Isaac Hayes, 65, who began his music career in the early 1960s as a session player for numerous acts for Stax Records, died early Sunday morning at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.

According to WMC, Shelby County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Shular stated that a Shelby County sheriff's deputy responded to a call from Hayes' home by his wife who found Hayes on the floor near a treadmill.

Hayes was then taken to the Hospital where he was later pronounced dead at 2:08am Sunday morning.

A source at MemphisRap.com was once told by Hayes' booking agent that the singer was sick on and off, but it is unclear to the cause of his death at this time. Hayes has, however, once before denied rumors that he had suffered from a stroke.

Currently, an investigation into Hayes' death is underway, and deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department have no reason to believe any foul play was involved.

Isaac Hayes leaves behind 12 children, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In 2006, Hayes' fourth wife Adjowa gave birth to their son named Nana Kwadjo Hayes on April 10.

Isaac Hayes is most known for his music score "Shaft" and being the voice of the chef on "South Park" on Comedy Central.

The following statement has been released by Soulsville USA:

The Soulsville Foundation, which operates the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Stax Music Academy, and The Soulsville Charter School, is so deeply saddened by the passing of Isaac Hayes that we are in state of shock. Isaac is one of the most beloved members of the Stax family and we all cherish him. He will be missed not only by us, but also by the entire world and the millions of people who love him as much as we do.

Marc Willis, CEO of the Soulsville Foundation, said, "Isaac was unique and an inspiration to us all. His accomplishments as a musician are unparalleled. But more than that, he was a very dear friend and great supporter of the Soulsville Foundation mission, particularly the work we do with children. We will miss him and his wonderful presence more than we can convey at this time."

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