Isaac Hayes's Cause of Death Revealed: Stroke

Soul singer Isaac Hayes apparently died of a stroke Sunday, the sheriff s department in Memphis, Tenn., revealed Tuesday.

Steve Shular, a spokesman for the sheriff s department, said an autopsy was not performed, but paperwork filed by Hayes’s family physician, Dr. David Kraus, listed the cause of death as a stroke, the Associated Press reports. Shular said Kraus told investigators he was treating Hayes, who was 65, for high blood pressure.

Showbiz Stars Mourn Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes was a kind and gentle man who left a huge mark before his death in Memphis on Sunday at age 65, his many celebrity friends tell PEOPLE.

“Isaac Hayes helped pave the way for so many artists like myself,” says Ashanti, who sampled his song, “The Look Of Love,” in her hit, “Rain on Me.”

“I also had the honor of meeting him several times – he was always so sweet like an older uncle,” she says.

Soul Musician Isaac Hayes Dies at 65

Soul music pioneer Isaac Hayes – whose 1971 “Theme from Shaft” won the Oscar and Grammys – died Sunday in Memphis, where he lived. He was 65.

A releative discovered an unresponsive Hayes near an exercise machine in their home at midday, and Hayes was pronounced dead at 2:10 p.m. when he arrived at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office tells PEOPLE.

It's a Boy for Isaac Hayes and Wife

Soul singer and former South Park star Isaac Hayes and his wife Adjowa are the parents of a baby boy, the couple have announced.

Nana Kwadjo Hayes – Hayes’s fourth son and his first with Adjowa – was born April 10 and weighed 8 lbs., 5 oz., said spokesman Rob Moore.

In the Ghanaian language, according to the Associated Press, Nana means “King” and Kwadjo (pronounced “Kwo-Jo”) means “boy born on Monday” (April 10 was, indeed, a Monday).

In 1992, Hayes, 63, was crowned honorary king of Ghana’s Ada region in honor of his humanitarian work.

Skewered Chef Killed Off on South Park

Isaac Hayes showed up on Wednesday’s 10th season premiere of South Park after all, with the voicetrack for his character Chef assembled from the soul singer’s past episodes.

That is not to say that a truce has been reached between Hayes, who left the Comedy Central show last week as he criticized South Park ‘s “religious intolerance and bigotry,” and the show’s creators and writers, Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

Chef Back in South Park, Minus Hayes

When Comedy Central’s South Park serves up its tenth-season premiere Wednesday night, expect a heaping plate of trouble.

Because episodes are often produced in just six days, creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker had time to create a show skewering the character of Chef, who was voiced for the past decade by Isaac Hayes. Hayes, a Scientologist, quit last week, citing what he called the show’s “intolerance and bigotry” toward religion.

Isaac Hayes Quits South Park

Christians, Jews, Muslims, Mormons and Scientologists have been raked over the comic coals of Comedy Central’s South Park, and Isaac Hayes, who voices the character Chef, says he won’t stand for it anymore.

“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,” the 63-year-old soul singer and outspoken Scientologist said in a statement.

Isaac Hayes Hospitalized for Exhaustion

South Park’s deep-voiced Chef, Isaac Hayes, is being treated at an undisclosed Memphis hospital for exhaustion.

“He’s just overworked and had been in Atlantic City performing, the D.C. area performing, and in Tunica (Miss.) a couple of nights ago. He was just overworked,” his longtime songwriting partner, David Porter, tells the Commercial Appeal newspaper, adding: “He’s doing much better.”

Rockers Get the 'Shaft' from Hayes

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame happily got “Shaft”-ed Monday night in Manhattan, when inductee Isaac Hayes opened the 17th annual ceremony with a rousing rendition of his 1973 Oscar-winning “Theme from ‘Shaft.’” Hayes, 59, best known these days as the basso profundo Chef on Comedy Central’s “South Park,” told the crowd that he got to the Hall by “never giving up on my dream,” reports Reuters. Also among the inductees: The Ramones, Talking Heads, the late Chet Atkins, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and singer-songwriter Gene Pitney.