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Reported by Nick Kenney

Stroke listed as Hayes' cause of death

A stroke claimed the life of legendary soul singer Isaac Hayes, according to the singer's doctor.

Dr. David Kraus, Hayes' family physician, listed stroke associated with hypertension as the singer’s cause of death on his death certificate, Shelby County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Steve Shular said Tuesday.

Family members found Hayes lying on the floor next to a treadmill in his home early Sunday afternoon. He was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Investigators said there was no indication that Hayes suffered fell or suffered any trauma before his stroke.


At Stax Soulsville Museum Tuesday, a bouquet of flowers hung on the door underneath a marque that read "IN LOVING MEMORY OF ISAAC HAYES." Tim Sampson at Stax said the museum has been flooded with phone calls from across the world from well-wishers.

"It's funny. Everybody says he helped them through their college days and their high school days with his music," Sampson said. "Anytime they were having a hard time, they just put on Isaac Hayes, listen to him, (and) felt better.

"His influence was a lot bigger than I think anybody ever really imagined."

If you want to send a condolence card to Hayes' family, the museum asks you to send it to Stax, who will get the cards to family members.

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