The man that many of today’s generation will recognize as “Chef” from South Park and whom I associate mainly as the “Duke of New York” from the classic 1981 movie “Escape from New York” and as the writer and performer of the soundtrack for the blaxploitation film “Shaft” has died at age 65.
Isaac Hayes, the pioneering singer, songwriter and musician whose relentless “Theme From Shaft” won Academy and Grammy awards, died Sunday afternoon, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said. He was 65.
A family member found him unresponsive near a treadmill and he was pronounced dead an hour later at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, according to the sheriff’s office. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Hayes’ death comes right on the heels of the death yesterday of entertainer Bernie Mac making up 2/3rd’s of the death comes in three’s prophecy so if you don’t hear from me….Just kidding. Isaac, you will be missed.