Jimmy Buffett, Singer-Songwriter and Iconic American Figure, Dies at 76

Jimmy Buffett, the singer-songwriter and businessman known for his laid-back lifestyle and his catchy songs about island escapism, died on Friday (September 1), at his home in Key West, Florida. He was 76.

His death was announced by his family, who said that he died peacefully.

“Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs,” the statement read. “He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many.”

A cause of death was not immediately given, but Jimmy had been sick for a while, and he was recently receiving hospice care. Prior to his death, Buffett was gearing up for the release of his new album, “Songs You Don’t Know by Heart.”

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GULF SHORES, AL – JULY 11: Musician Jimmy Buffett performs onstage at Jimmy Buffett & Friends: Live from the Gulf Coast, a concert presented by CMT at on the beach on July 11, 2010 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)

Jimmy was born, James William Buffett in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in 1946. He spent much of his childhood in Mobile, Alabama, before moving to Nashville, Tennessee, in the early 1970s to pursue a career in music. His breakthrough came in 1977 with the release of the album “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes”, which featured the hit song “Margaritaville”.

Buffett went on to release many more successful albums, including “Volcano” (1979), “Fruitcakes” (1983), and “License to Chill” (1994). He also founded the Margaritaville restaurant chain in 1985, and he also developed the Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant chain.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – OCTOBER 24: Jimmy Buffett performs as part of the 23rd Annual Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheatre on October 24, 2009 in Mountain View California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Jimmy Buffett Cause Of Death

TMZ reports Jimmy was diagnosed with skin cancer 4 years ago that turned into lymphoma. A source close to the late legendary musician told the news outlet “He lived his life in the sun, literally and figuratively.”

His death was met with sadness and tributes from fans and colleagues alike. “There are no words. Waking up to this news was not anything I ever expected,” Shiba Normie wrote on X. “I’ve been a Parrothead nearly all of my life. Jimmy’s music has been with me in all of my fondest, and some of my lowest memories. Fins up sailor, I’ll see you at the far side of the world.”

“It’s 5 o’clock somewhere,” wrote a fan. “You’ll always be with us. I’ll make sure not to step on the pop top.”

Buffett was a beloved American icon. His music and his lifestyle have inspired millions of people around the world. He will be remembered as one of the most successful and influential musicians of all time. Condolences to his loved ones.

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