By Hank Dudding
Legendary soul music performer Isaac Hayes died this afternoon after he was found unconscious in his Shelby County home.
A family member found the entertainer next to a running treadmill at about 1 p.m. Sunday, said Steve Shular, spokesman for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
Hayes was rushed to Baptist Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:10 p.m.
Hayes’ wife, their 2-year-old son and another family member had gone to the grocery store around noon, Shular said. When they returned, they found Hayes unresponsive.
Rescue workers responded to a 911 call, and they performed CPR at Hayes’ home at 9280 Riveredge in the eastern part of Shelby County, near Forest Hill and Walnut Grove.
The Sheriff’s Office is conducting a routine investigation, said Shular, but “nothing leads us to believe this is foul play.”