Friends, family pay tribute to soul singer Hayes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- About 3,000 fans and friends paid tribute to soul singer Isaac Hayes on Monday at a memorial service filled with speeches, musical performances, photos and video clips.

They remembered Hayes for his music and his movies and for his humanitarian work that included building a school in Ghana.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson was among the speakers that included Al Sharpton and actresses and fellow scientologists Anne Archer and Kelly Preston.

Denzel Washington, Tom Cruise and Wesley Snipes attended a private service Sunday.

Hayes, a deep-voiced soul singer, died Aug. 10 after he was found unconscious at his Memphis residence. No autopsy was performed, but paperwork filed by Hayes' family physician, Dr. David Kraus, lists the cause of death as a stroke.

The baldheaded crooner, who laid the groundwork for disco and whose "Theme From Shaft" won both Academy and Grammy awards, was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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