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1942-2008: Soul Singer Isaac Hayes Dies at 65

Grammy-winning singer Isaac Hayes died on Sunday after being found unconscious in his Memphis, Tennessee home, according to the AP. He was 65.

The soul singer, who won an Academy Award for his theme song for 1971’s Shaft and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will appear in the upcoming comedy Soul Men, with the late comedic actor Bernie Mac (who also died this weekend) and Samuel L. Jackson.

Hayes will also be remembered for his work on South Park, where he voiced ladies’ man and school cook James “Chef” McElroy. Hayes, a Scientologist, quit the risqué Comedy Central series due to the show’s consistent jokes about religion.

“There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins,” Hayes said in a statement in 2006. “Religious beliefs are sacred to people…As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices.”

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