My friend, Isaac Hayes, died on Sunday, and his passing leaves many unanswered questions.
The great R&B star, actor, DJ, performer and family man, the composer of "Soul Man," "Hold On I"m Coming" and other hits by Sam Moore and Dave Prater like "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby," also was a member of the Church of Scientology.
Isaac was found dead by his treadmill, but conveniently missing from the wire stories was a significant fact: in January 2006, Isaac had a significant stroke. At the time, the word went out only that he had been hospitalized for exhaustion.
But the truth was, Isaac, whom I'd seen just a couple of months earlier when he headlined the Blues Ball in Memphis, was in trouble. Having lost the rights to his songs two decades earlier, he was finally making some money voicing the character of Chef on "South Park." But "South Park" lampooned Scientology, so the leaders wanted Isaac out ...
Read the rest of FoxNews columnist Roger Friedman's column here.