Sunday, August 10, 2008

R.I.P. Issac Hayes

On Sunday August 10, icon Isaac Hayes was reported dead by Memphis' WMCTV; Hayes was 65 years old. Shelby County Sheriff's Office spokesman Steve Shular confirmed the death to the local news, claiming that Hayes' wife called police and ambulance after finding him unconsciousness near the treadmill in their Tennessee home.
Rushed to Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, Hayes was pronounced dead shortly after two o'clock this morning. An investigation is underway, though foul play has been reportedly ruled out.
Isaac Hayes was a musician on the legendary Stax label, writing, composing and producing dozens of hit and critically acclaimed songs and albums.
In Hip Hop, he had collaborated with the likes of RZA and Wu-Tang Clan ("I Can't Go To Sleep", Ice Cube ("I Gotta Say What Up!!!") and Guru ("Night Vision"). His work has also been sampled on hit singles by Jay-Z ("Can I Live"), MF DOOM ("Dead Bent") and The Geto Boys ("My Mind Playin' Tricks On Me"). His albums Black Moses and Hot Buttered Soul are often revered as essentials by numerous Hip Hop producers.
In Pop culture, the musician and actor is best remembered for his work scoring the 1971 film Shaft and his longtime voice of Chef on South Park. Earlier this month, Hayes was touring with former label-mates Eddie Floyd and The Bar-Kays. Hayes had also been working with Bernie Mac in the Malcolm Lee film Soul Men, which also featured Bernie Mac, another beloved entertainer who died this weekend.
Hayes also is father to Ike Dirty, also known as Isaac Hayes, III, producer of Lil Scrappy's "Money In The Bank" and numerous other songs.

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R.I.P. Bernie Mac

Comedian Bernie Mac died at Northwestern Memorial hospital early Saturday morning, according to Sun-Times Columnist, Stella Foster. He was 50.

Though the cause of death has not been confirmed, Mac had been hospitalized recently for pneumonia. Foster said that she received calls early Saturday morning from a close friend of the Mac family, confirming the reports of Mac's death.

Comedian Bernie Mac, whose career began in Chicago's comedy clubs, died at Northwestern Memorial hospital early Saturday morning, according to Sun-Times columnist Stella Foster. He was 50.

The columnist also said she was deeply saddened to receive such a phone call just an hour after Mac was pronounced dead. "It brought tears to my eyes because Bernie Mac has always been my all-time favorite entertainer and comedian. It pains me to have to report that," Foster said during a phone interview on Saturday morning.

On Friday, a spokeswoman for the actor, whose real name is, Bernard McCullough, said that he had been responding well to treatment for the illness. Publicist Danica Smith said Thursday in a statement that Mac's condition is ''stable.'' Smith first announced on August 1st that Mac was hospitalized in Chicago. Smith has said the pneumonia isn't related to an inflammatory lung disease Mac also has. That condition has been in remission since 2005.

Foster noted that last weekend, several web sites reported wrongly that the comedian died. Mac made waves last month with off-color jokes during a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

The comedian starred in the critically acclaimed Fox television series ''The Bernie Mac Show.'' His film credits include roles in the ''Ocean's Eleven'' franchise. Foster says she was remembers Bernie's comedic beginnings through his show, "Midnight Mac," which aired for four shows on HBO and was taped in Chicago in 1995.

"It was a variety entertainment show," she said, "He even had dancers called Macaroni's. That was my first exposure to how talented Bernie Mac was. And after that show, that's when Hollywood started beating down his door."

The actor's upcoming movies include "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" starring Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and David Schwimmer; and "Soul Men" with Samuel L. Jackson and Isaac Hayes.

There is no word on whether public services will be held.

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