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Soul legend Isaac Hayes dies aged 65

Soul legend Isaac Hayes has died at the age of 65. According to reports in the US press, the Oscar-winning musician died in hospital after being discovered unconscious in the basement of his Memphis home.

Hayes started his career as a studio musician and producer at the Memphis label Stax Records, working with Otis Redding and Sam and Dave, before embarking on a successful solo career. His crowning moment as a solo artist came in 1971 when he won the Oscar for Best Original Song for the soul classic 'Theme from 'Shaft'.

In the 90s, Hayes' career enjoyed a renaissance thanks to his role as Chef in 'South Park'. However, he decided to quit the popular animated series after it lampooned the Scientology movement of which he was part of.

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