Man, first Bernie Mac. And now music legend Isaac Hayes. The Oscar award winning singer and songwriter passed away yesterday in his home outside Memphis, Tennessee. In 1972 Isaac Hayes won an Oscar for Best Original Film Score for the theme song from the film Shaft. The song also won two Grammys.
By Joe Holley
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 11, 2008
Isaac Hayes, 65, the Oscar-winning soul singer and songwriter whose swaggering “Theme From Shaft” became a signature sound of the 1970s, died Aug. 10 at his home outside Memphis.
Steve Shular, a spokesman for the Shelby County, Tenn., sheriff’s office, said that Mr. Hayes’s wife, 2-year-old-son and a cousin returned from the grocery store shortly after noon and found Mr. Hayes lying beside a still-running treadmill in a downstairs bedroom. A sheriff’s deputy who arrived at the home shortly after authorities received a 911 call performed CPR, but Mr. Hayes was pronounced dead about an hour later at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
The cause of death was not immediately known. Shular said family members told authorities he had been treated recently for a medical condition, which they did not specify.
With his deep, mellifluous baritone and his gleaming, bald dome, Mr. Hayes, dubbed Black Moses, was one of the first black music superstars of the 1970s. A later generation of fans knew him as the voice of Jerome “Chef” McElroy, the school cook on the animated TV show “South Park.”
RIP Isaac Hayes!!