Jimmy Buffett’s daughter, Delaney, is sharing her feelings about her cherished father, describing him as a “great man” and an “even better dad,” just days following his passing.
Delaney, who is known as Sarah Buffett, conveyed a heartfelt tribute to the iconic “Margaritaville” singer via Instagram on Wednesday. This tribute comes nearly a week after his demise on September 1 at the age of 76 due to skin cancer, specifically Merkel cell carcinoma.
“I knew my dad my whole life, but in his final days, I saw who he was: a man whose spirit could not be broken,” Delaney Buffett expressed.
“Despite the pain, he smiled everyday,” she added. “He was kind when he had every excuse not to be. He told us not to be sad or scared, but to keep the party going. And as much as I’d like to use that as an excuse to drink myself into an oblivion worthy of his literary heroes, I know it’s not what he meant. Yes, he loved his weed and his wine, but the truth is, most of the time, he was just high on life, and that is what he wanted for everyone: to enjoy the fantastic trip that life can be.”
Delaney Buffett continued to express her admiration for her father, affirming that he “was the joy he sang about.”
She remarked that he was the hardest-working person she had ever witnessed and described him as an exceptional man and an even better father to her and her siblings. She noted his generosity, both towards close acquaintances and complete strangers, and highlighted his deep respect for the people he collaborated with. What she cherished most about him, she said, was his ability not to take himself too seriously.
Delaney expressed her gratitude towards her father’s fans and his fellow musicians, acknowledging their role in providing him with the strength to persevere throughout his lengthy career. She also conveyed appreciation for the medical professionals who supported him during his battle with cancer, along with her family and friends for their unwavering support during this challenging time.
To conclude her post, Delaney Buffett directed her words towards her father, expressing, “And finally, to my dad, thank you. You turned nothing into something and gave me everything.”
She went on to say, “I will never be able to repay you or my mom for my beautiful life. I will love you forever, and I will always keep the party going (responsibly, of course).”
Jimmy Buffett is survived by his three children: daughters Savannah and Delaney, as well as son Cameron. These children are the result of his enduring marriage to his longtime wife, Jane Buffett, whom he wed in 1977.