Isaac Hayes passed away yesterday of unknown causes. I'm sure you'll read a lot in the news over the next few days remembering his life and career, though I'm equally certain most people will leave out the part where Hayes left South Park after Trey Parker and Matt Stone took on Scientology about a year ago. Hayes had no problem with South Park parodying virtually every race, religion, and creed under the sun for years, right up until his own "religious" faith became the source of one of the shows best episodes. Excuses were made at the time that Hayes was leaving the show due to health problems, but it was pretty obvious that Hayes, a big Scientology fan, left for less honorable. There were rumors that his Scientology handlers were controlling his life, that he initially didn't want to stop doing voice work for South Park but that they were forcing him to, and that he wasn't getting the medical help he needed because of those people and Scientology. It wouldn't be the first time that a "religion" was given precedence over real medical care and somebody died.
To the contrary, Scientology rejects virtually all forms of the physical medical sciences as the work of an evil alien bent on brainwashing us all. Scientologists believe that psychiatry is responsible for World War I and September 11th.
I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if it was found that Hayes was sick and in need of professional care that he didn't get because of his "beliefs". If that's true, then I can't say as that I'm terribly broken up that he traded his life for a cult. If not, then this is the last chapter in a wonderful life that was corrupted by scam artists regardless.
Hayes leaves behind 4 wives, 12 children, 14 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. I'm not kidding.