Isaac Hayes has died. Isaac Hayes, musician and voice of “Chef” on Southpark died early Sunday morning. Both Bernie Mac & Isaac Hayes have died within the same weekend, makes some wonder is there a “Soul Men” curse? Update: Isaac Hayes cause of death was from a stroke associated with hypertension! Isaac Hayes’ funeral to be held on Monday in Memphis, Tennessee.
Update: Isaac Haye’s death was apparently due to stroke. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Shular said Tuesday that paperwork filed by Hayes’ family physician, Dr. David Kraus, lists the cause of death as a stroke, associated with hypertension.
Shular said no autopsy has been performed. No official determination has been released by the medical examiner’s office or filed with the Memphis health department, which issues death certificates.
Isaac Hayes’ wife, Adjowa Hayes, found him on the floor near a treadmill in their home and called for help. A Shelby County sheriff’s deputy responded the call.
Steve Shular, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said authorities received a 911 call after Hayes’ wife and young son and his wife’s cousin returned home from the grocery store and found him collapsed in a downstairs bedroom. A sheriff’s deputy administered CPR until paramedics arrived.
“The treadmill was running but he was unresponsive lying on the floor,” Shular said.
Isaac Hayes was then taken to Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee where he was pronounced dead at 2:08am.
The Shelby Country Sheriff’s department will continue their investigation, but at this point do not believe there was foul play involved.
Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. was born August 20, 1942. The child of a poor family, Hayes grew up picking cotton in Tennessee. He dropped out of high school but was later encouraged by former teachers to get his diploma. Hayes earned his diploma at the age of 21.
Hayes was a singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor.
Isaac Hayes won an Academy Award for best original song and two Grammy awards for his music for the film, “Shaft”. He received a third Grammy for his album called “Black Moses”.
Isaac Hayes was the voice of “Chef” from 1997 to 2006, on the cartoon “South Park”. Hayes resigned from playing the voice of “Chef” for religious reasons. Most state it was South Park’s making fun of Scientology, which was Hayes’ religion.
Hayes was found dead in his home just outside Memphis, Tennessee in the early morning hours of August 10, 2008.
Isaac Hayes is survived by his wife Adjowa Hayes and their child, as well as five other children from two previous marriages.
One odd note to add, is that Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes both were in “Soul Men” and both men recently died. Some may question, is Samuel L Jackson next? Is a “Soul Men” curse?
Condolences to Isaac Hayes’ family and friends!
Isaac Hayes “Shaft” video: