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Isaac Hayes

Born: 1942-08-20 - Died: 2008-08-10
Cause of Death:
Stroke


Death Summary: Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. was found on the floor, near his treadmill, by his wife. He was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, where he was pronounced dead at 2:08 p.m. Hayes was 65, and had a birthday in only ten days. The official cause of his death was finally ruled to be a stroke.

Who was Isaac Hayes : Hayes was a multi-talented funk and soul musician, record producer, composer, arranger, songwriter, and actor (films included "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" and "Escape From New York" alongside the late Donald Pleasence). He is best known for his theme song for the film Shaft and the voice actor for the character Chef on South Park. Find out how another voice actor on South Park died.

Hayes was raised in Covington, Tennessee by his grandparents. He started singing at the age of five at his local church, soon after he taught himself how to play the flute, saxophone, electronic organ, and the piano.

He achieved commercial success with his second album entitled Hot Buttered Soul, and is considered a milestone in the development of soul music.

In 1971 Hayes composed the theme song for the blaxploitation film Shaft, which would become the trademark song of his career.

In the 1990’s Hayes became a very popular voice actor on the show South Park with his character of Chef. Hayes would always have a song to sing to the children to help explain foreign or unknown subjects to them.

In late 2005 an episode of South Park, Trapped in the Closet, ran which made fun of the religion Scientology. Hayes, being a Scientologist himself, didn’t find the episode very funny and asked Comedy Central to release him from his contract. This was not taken very well by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park. You can see their feelings of the subject in the episode entitled "The Return of Chef”.
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30 Signatures in Isaac Hayes's guestbook

  1. Barbara Says:

    Oh, Isaac! An awesome man, beautiful voice, and he could act. His visit with us was so short. I will forever miss that sexiness that was him. So smooth. He died maintaining his health, how ironic. I send blessing and prayers to the Hayes family. You haven’t lost a loved one, you’ve gained another Angel. He has and always will be with you.
    Peace and Love!!

  2. shalyn Says:

    he was a great man. he had a veautiful voice and i am sorry for every loses. his family friends fans. u will be deeply missed!! R.I.P.

  3. ronnie susan burgin Says:

    Isaac, I saw you while you were filming In Toronto, Ontario in Canada. You were on a break and walking towards your trailer. I offered you a smoke, (I have quit now) and you declined. We had quite a chat. You were one of my favourites. Rest in peace Isaac

  4. Rev. Leroy White Says:

    God bless the family and friends of Isaac Hayes, always hold your head up because Isaac Hayes was a great man. Rest in peace my brother.

  5. carolyn Says:

    bless the family

  6. Denise pledger-Harrison Says:

    there are so many good memories associatd with Issac Hayes and his music. It will forever take me back into time. He is a legend and will remain in my heart always…

  7. kearre alexander Says:

    R.I.P isaac hayes. We are all goin 2 miss you. I always loved chef off South Park too.

  8. Niamalika Simmonds Says:

    My heart is with his family at this time. I know what the pain of losing a love can do. I lived a few blocks away in Brooklyn, NY as a little girl.
    I remember always seeing him on my way to school.
    One day he asked me my name and I said malika, and he said to me, keep on keeping up, stay in school and become somebody. I did follow his advice and became somebody.I became an independant black queen!!! Thank you Issac for your precious and wonderful words of wisdom, I know you’re in heaven smiling down. I will never forget you.OXOX

  9. Niamalika Simmonds Says:

    My heart is with his family at this time. I know what the pain of losing a love can do. I lived a few blocks away in Brooklyn from him, NY as a little girl.
    I remember always seeing him on my way to school.
    One day he asked me my name and I said malika, and he said to me, keep on keeping up, stay in school and become somebody. I did follow his advice and became somebody.I became an independant black queen!!! Thank you Issac for your precious and wonderful words of wisdom, I know you’re in heaven smiling down. I will never forget you.OXOX

  10. TP COLSTON Says:

    MY WHOLE FAMILY LOVES AND LOVED MR. HAYES. SGOD BLESS HIS FAMILY AND LOVED ONES.WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU.OXOX. THE COLSTONS

  11. lee andrews Says:

    I miss him very much,he was thde one to help me through my frist breakup with my first boyfriend with the song I STAND ACCUSED.I hope you made it in heaven you was so good on earth.

  12. alan&alani soares Says:

    will be greatly missed!

  13. alan&alani soares Says:

    we love u

  14. jessica&nomi&nola camara Says:

    always be in our hearts

  15. Bre'Anna Says:

    oh if only you could read this mr.Isaac Hayes, you were one cool guy i loved you as chef from south park.

  16. R. Youngblood Says:

    He made some great music.
    A hit maker

  17. Amadeus Derrick Says:

    hi

  18. Amadeus Derrick Says:

    R.I.P

  19. Reginald James Says:

    I enjoyed your musice and you as chef on south Park

  20. grim Says:

    hey chef

  21. grim Says:

    bacrock osama bin’lennin hates every body

  22. Carolyn Saulis Says:

    Isaac Hayes, was one of my favorites. His beautiful voice still rings in my ears, and there will be no one else like him. Bless you Hayes family, and remember he is at a better place.

  23. Marco Antonio Marcondes dos Santos Says:

    Isaac, Why? What lost!

  24. yatasha mcneil Says:

    baby when i tell u that he was a gift and can never be replaced my heart is with u and your family god bless u with all my heart.

  25. victoria murphy Says:

    RIP Chef x

  26. Melvin Ivy Says:

    you are the maN

  27. Jas Says:

    Praise Xenu for taking out the trash.

    Through Xenu will the world be reborn in the dust of its destruction.

  28. Sonja Mack Says:

    Loved his voice and music. There will never be another Issac Hayes. I love you and will miss you.

  29. william lee Says:

    u will be missed

  30. Sandra Dixon Says:

    Mr. Hayes, as a 13 yr. old child, you were the very first artist I have ever seen in concert. It was at the International Amphiatheter in Chicago. I will never forget you!!! you were amazing!…….such a great loss. The world is now without a TRUE PERFECTIONIST…..REST IN PEACE.


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