by / August 11th, 2008 /

RIP: Isaac Hayes

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A sad weekend for lovers of soul as the legendary Isaac Hayes passed away yesterday aged 65.

From RTE News:

Oscar-winning soul singer Isaac Hayes has died in Memphis at the age of 65.
The singer was reportedly found unconscious near a treadmill at his home and rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to the singer’s friend and former manager Onzie Horne, Hayes’ wife confirmed the news.
Hayes suffered a stroke in 2007 but the cause of his death is not yet known.

Full obituary from The Guardian.

Here is a great clip of Isaac from 1972’s famous WattStax at the Los Angeles Coliseum concert and the film of the same name featuring a performance of ‘Shaft’, ‘Power Shake’ & ‘Soulsville’.