Isaac Hayes @ Celebrate Brooklyn - June 12, 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Isaac Hayes

Soul legend Isaac Hayes, who won Grammy and Academy awards for the theme to the 1971 film ``Shaft'' and voiced the character ``Chef'' in the hit comedy series ``South Park,'' died Sunday in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 65.

Family members found Hayes laying unconscious next to a running treadmill in his basement around 1 p.m. local time, said Steve Shular, a spokesman for the Shelby County Sheriff's Office in a telephone interview. Hayes was pronounced dead at Baptist East Hospital. No autopsy is planned, Shular said. [Bloomberg]

Bernie Mac died only one day earlier. Sad and weird. Weird because Bernie and Isaac just made a movie together called Soul Men..

Soul music icon Isaac Hayes will play himself in a music comedy starring Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac. "Soul Men" revolves around two former bandmates (Jackson, Mac) who reunite when a third member (played by John Legend) dies....

IMDB adds that the reunion performance takes place at the Apollo Theater. The movie release date is November 14, 2008.

Isaac Hayes and Bernie Mac

Isaac Hayes & Bernie Mac, RIP.

Pictures and a review of Isaac's very recent show in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, HERE.