Isaac Hayes


Age: 65

soul singer and actor who laid the groundwork for disco and whose Theme from Shaft won both an Oscar and a Grammy in 1971, who was rapping before there was rap in his spoken introductions and interludes whose career hit another high in 1997 when he became the voice of Chef, the school cook and ladies' man on the animated TV show South Park.

Cause of Death: After a stroke

Born: August 20, 1942

Died: August 10, 2008

Memphis, Tennessee