Death of Isaac Hayes

August 20, 1942 - August 10, 2008
Memphis, Tennessee | Age 65

Pioneering singer, songwriter and musician dies at 65
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Isaac Hayes, the pioneering singer, songwriter and musician whose relentless "Theme From Shaft" won Academy and Grammy awards, died Sunday, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said. He was 65.

A family member found Hayes unresponsive near a treadmill and he was pronounced dead about an hour later at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, according to the sheriff's office. The cause of death was not immediately known.

In the early 1970s, Hayes laid the groundwork...

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