Isaac Hayes

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Mac Gives Soul to Uneven Film

Critics divided, but star wins them over

(Newser) - Soul Men is the cinematic swan song of both Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes, and they undoubtedly deserve better, “given how easily it slips into conventionally vulgar and predictably crude” humor, writes John Anderson in Newsday. Still, get past the “old-man jokes, low-rent sex humor” and the film... More »

Memphis Bids Hayes Soulful So-Long

Family, friends, stars and fans gather to honor Isaac Hayes' life

(Newser) - Thousands gathered at a Memphis-area mega-church to say a final farewell to Isaac Hayes, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. Family members mixed with musicians from across the genres, as well as Hollywood stars, politicians, Scientologists, African royalty, and thousands of ordinary people paying tribute to the soul legend who died... More »

Stroke Killed Hayes

Star suffered from high blood pressure

(Newser) - Soul legend Isaac Hayes, found unconscious next to a treadmill at his Memphis home Sunday, died from a  massive stroke brought on by chronic hypertension, according to his family doctor. A public memorial service for the 65-year-old singer will be held next week, reports E! Online. "We are overwhelmed... More »

Did Isaac Hayes Go to Heaven?

Slate explains where Hubbard's flock go when they die

(Newser) - The death of legendary soul singer Isaac Hayes on Sunday is no cause to mourn: He’ll apparently be back. Hayes was a dedicated Scientologist, and as Nina Shen Rastogi explains in Slate, this means eternal life. Church founder L Ron Hubbard describes the Scientology experience as "simply living... More »

Singer Isaac Hayes Dead at 65

'Shaft' composer found unresponsive at home

(Newser) - Legendary singer/songwriter Isaac Hayes, whose "Theme from Shaft" claimed Academy Awards and Grammys alike, died early today at the age of 65, reports WMC-TV in Memphis. Hayes' wife found him lying unresponsive next to a still-running treadmill at their Memphis home; attempts to revive him failed and he was... More »

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