In a freakish turn of events, Isaac Hayes, who co-stars with Bernie Mac in the upcoming film Soul Men, was found dead Sunday afternoon. The 65-year-old soul singer was collapsed near a treadmill when he was discovered by a family member, according to the AP:
Hayes was pronounced dead at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis an hour after he was found by a family member, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said. The cause of death was not immediately known.
With his muscular build, shiny head and sunglasses, Hayes cut a striking figure at a time when most of his contemporaries were sporting Afros. His music, which came to be known as urban-contemporary, paved the way for disco as well as romantic crooners like Barry White.
Younger readers will remember Isaac Hayes as the voice of Chef on South Park. I always hoped one day he’d write me a kickass theme song. Something where I’m a street-wise detective who has sex with strippers while cleaning up the streets in my tank. But, alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Rest in Peace, Isaac Hayes. You were one bad motha.