Famous Farewells

Isaac Hayes, the baldheaded, baritone-voiced soul crooner who laid the groundwork for disco and whose "Theme From Shaft" won both Academy and Grammy awards, died Sunday after he collapsed near a treadmill, authorities said. He was 65.

The album "Hot Buttered Soul" made Hayes a star in 1969. Next came "Theme From Shaft," a No. 1 hit in 1971 from the film "Shaft" starring Richard Roundtree. He won an Academy Award for the song and was nominated for another one for the score. The song and score also won him two Grammys. Hayes was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Tinseltown was a sad place on Saturday as Hollywood's "Original King of Comedy" Bernie Mac passed away.At only 50 years young, Mac was known for his roles in hit films such as "Charlie's Angels" and "Ocean's Eleven," and with four projects currently still in post-production, we are still yet to see Mac's full potential to make us laugh.

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