It's terrible that my auto pilot leaps to blame whenever I hear of the death of anyone connected to the Co$.
I liked Isaac Hayes, he became an icon to a new generation after the best of his musical career was over, through South Park. Something about his leaving the show bothered me, obviously we all knew why he left, but it gave me a bad feeling.
I didn't know anything about his stroke, but with hindsight it all makes sense and its devastating to think that with proper care he could have recovered.
It is a pretty well established medical statistic that black
men have a statistically higher chance of dying of a
heart attack or stroke than white men or of the U.S.
population in general. I would suppose there are all sorts
of possible reasons for this.
Traditional fatty "soul food" may be a factor. The stress of
living in ghettos and high crime areas may be another.
General poverty and lack of health care access is most likely
a contributing factor.
Issac Hayes dosent fit these "reason" categories. Except
for his possible overindulgence in soul food, Hayes dosent
fit the profile of the average American 65 yo black man.
He was neither poor nor lived in a ghetto. He could afford
medical care and the medications which would have controlled
his propensity to stroke. There are even common OTC Health
store items (CQ-10?) which wouild have helped. My guess is
Hayes didn't avail himself of any of these life saving options.
The "church" most likely told him not to.
Not much different than the Jehovah's Witness who lets his
child die for lack of a blood transfussion; the snake handler
"church" member who dies from untreated snake bite.
One could make a bad joke about "different strokes for different
folks", in Hayes' case the stroke wasn't "all in his mind" as
per Hubbardese, it was in his brain and it killed him.
Maybe Hayes got off easy...a nice sudden death. No respirators,
no lying for months in a hospital bed, no dying by little increments.
Sudden and merciful. Not like so many long time scientologists who seem
to have an overwhelming tilt towards cancer as the mode by which nature
mocks Hubbard's promises of super health and immortality.
Nonsense. If he was doing a Purif, he would be supervised; he would not have been alone.A horrible thought - what if he was re-doing a Purif?