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August 10, 2008


Soul singer Isaac Hayes has died at his home in Memphis at age 65, CNN reports. 

The network quotes sheriff’s officials in Shelby County as saying that Hayes, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, was found unconscious next to a still- running treadmill. 

Hayes won an Academy Award in 1971 for Best Original Song for ‘Shaft,’ as well as a Grammy for Best Original Score for the same movie. 

He was also well-known for playing Chef on the adult animated comedy “South Park” in a role that was originally supposed to be a one-time appearance but eventually was made permanent. His character was killed off in “South Park” after his resignation from the show for religious reasons.

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