Isaac Hayes, Mr. Hot Buttered Soul, died today at age 65. Sudden and too soon. He was found lying next to a treadmill in his home in Memphis. Hayes had a beautifully deep and velvety voice that soothed, caressed and comforted. (Me anyway.) His last film role was in Hustle ‘n’ Flow (“Skinny Black don’t want no stinky weed!”).

Hayes is the second costar of Malcolm D. Lee‘s forthcoming Soul Men to have died over the last 48 hours, the other being Bernie Mac. I wasn’t a Hayes fan all around the track. I only half-liked him in Escape From New York because it was mainly a shrugger. I never really liked the Shaft theme song that he won an Oscar for. I just loved his voice, is all. I loved his vibe.