Isaac Hayes Dies at Age 65

Aug. 9, 2008
Google plus Linkedin Pinterest
Isaac Hayes died today at age 65. His death is particularly shocking because, though hed suffered a stroke last year, physically Hayes was just about as fit as ever: trim, muscular, and fittingly, given the nature of his music, seemingly virile. His body was found near a running treadmill.

Though his bassy, dramatic soul music was often parodied, Hayes was always in on the joke, revisiting his Shaft theme for any movie of sitcom that asked him to, and voicing his satirical alter-ego, Chef, on South Park. Unlike that other deep-voiced ladies man, Barry White, Hayes kept close ties to rap music, which drew heavily from his punchy, symphonic arrangements.

Eerily, Hayes died just one day after Bernie Mac. The two had recently finished filming the upcoming movie Soul Men together.
Log in to use your Facebook account with
Express Milwaukee

Login With Facebook Account


A Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission panel upheld the firing of former Milwaukee Police officer Christopher Manney for violating department rules last April when he encountered Dontre Hamilton before fatally shooting him. Do you agree with the commission’s decision?

Getting poll results. Please wait...