Jimmy Buffett, the renowned musician and songwriter, peacefully passed away on Friday, surrounded by his loved ones. He was 76 years old.
“Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music, and dogs,” announced his family on Instagram. “He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many.”
Buffett’s death comes after he had to cancel several shows earlier due to health issues. In May, he shared with fans that he needed to address some pressing health concerns, quipping, “Growing old is not for sissies, I promise you.” He reassured his fans of his commitment to performing once he was well again.
“Thank you for your prayers and thoughts, your amazing years of loyalty, and just remember, ‘NOT YET!’ Love to all,” he concluded in his May 18 post.
Months later, he surprised fans in Portsmouth, RI, with an impromptu performance at a local bar.
Jimmy Buffett, known for hits like “Margaritaville” and “Trip Around the Sun,” enjoyed a musical career spanning six decades. He was gearing up for the release of his new album, “Songs You Don’t Know by Heart.”
While never winning a Grammy, Buffett achieved numerous Country Music Association awards and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. His career, which included over 50 albums, featured iconic songs such as “Margaritaville,” “Come Monday,” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”
Born on Christmas Day in 1946 in Pascagoula, Miss., Buffett grew up in Alabama, where he developed a deep love for sailing. Later, he shifted his focus to music, ultimately becoming one of the richest musicians, with a billion-dollar fortune, thanks to his successful business ventures, including the Margaritaville restaurant chain.
Aside from his music career, Buffett authored several books, including children’s books with his daughter Savannah, and occasionally appeared in small acting roles or as himself in various productions. His final acting credit was on the TV show “Blue Bloods” in 2022.
Jimmy Buffett is survived by his wife, Jane Slagsvol, to whom he was married since 1977, and his three children: Savannah, Sarah, and Cameron.