Jimmy Buffett, the singer-songwriter of tropical-themed hits like ‘Margaritaville’, dead at 76.
The official statement:
“Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs,” a statement on his website said. “He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many.”
— Jimmy Buffett (@jimmybuffett) September 2, 2023
The singer had rescheduled concerts in May, and Buffett said on social media that he had been hospitalized.
“Growing old is not for sissies, I promise you. I also will promise you, that when I am well enough to perform, that is what I’ll be doing in the land of She-Crab soup,” Buffett wrote to his fans.
Elton John shared a tribute to Buffet, “Jimmy Buffett was a unique and treasured entertainer. His fans adored him and he never let them down. This is the saddest of news. A lovely man gone way too soon.”
“Condolences to Jane and the family from David and me,” Elton added, referring to Buffett’s wife Jane, and their three children: Savannah, Sarah, and Cameron.
Toby Keith shared photos of himself with Buffett over the years, “The pirate has passed. RIP Jimmy Buffett. Tremendous influence on so many of us.”
The pirate has passed. RIP Jimmy Buffett. Tremendous influence on so many of us -T pic.twitter.com/HpyDWYWPfE
— Toby Keith (@tobykeith) September 2, 2023
Kenny Chesney remembered Buffett with a rendition of Buffett’s song ‘A Pirate Looks at Forty’ on Instagram.
“So goodbye Jimmy. Thanks for your friendship and the songs I will carry in my heart forever. Sail On Sailor 🦜🌴🌊,” posted Chesney, who had appeared on the title track of Buffett’s 2004 release “License to Chill.”
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Source: ABC News, Deadline, Fox, Huffington Post