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BREAKING 8-10-08 Isaac Hayes Dead at 65-Recently Filmed Scenes With Bernie Mac in Shreveport
Sunday, Aug 10, 2008 1:38pm
MEMPHIS, TN From CNN (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 4pm 8-10-08  Isaac Hayes, the legendary soul singer whose theme from the motion picture "Shaft" earned him both Grammy and Oscar awards, died today in Memphis, Tenn. 

According to CNN, relatives found Hayes, 65, unconscious in his home next to a still-running treadmill, said Steve Shular, a spokesman for the Shelby County Sheriff's Department. 

In a strange twist of fate, the 65 year old Hayes had filmed scenes in Mafrch of this year in Shreveport, Louisiana, along with the late Bernie Mac, while making the movie "Soul Men." Mac died yesterday at the age of 50 from pneumonia complications. 

Shreveport Film Commissioner Arlena Acree told Tom Pace from "The Talk of the Town" that both Hayes and Bernie Mac had joined Samuel L. Jackson in the movie's scenes shot at Shreveport's Strand Theatre. 

Acree said, "We're deeply saddened at the loss of Isaac Hayes, not only because he was such a great entertainer, but also since he had recently visited Shreveport as one of the stars in the Weinstein movie, "Soul Men." 

Hayes was a longtime songwriter and arranger for Stax Records in Memphis, playing in the studio's backup band and crafting tunes for artists such as Otis Redding and Sam and Dave in the 1960s. Photo See photos of singer Isaac Hayes

He released his first solo album in 1967, and his 1969 follow-up, "Hot Buttered Soul," became a platinum hit.

In 1971, the theme from "Shaft" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks and won an Academy Award for best original theme song. The song and the movie score also won Grammy awards for best original score and movie theme.

Hayes won a third Grammy for pop instrumental performance with the title track to his 1972 "Black Moses" album.

From the late 1990s through 2006, Hayes provided the voice of "Chef" for Comedy Central's raunchy animated series "South Park," as well as numerous songs.

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