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Jimmy Buffett, ‘Margaritaville’ singer, dead at 76

Jimmy Buffett, the iconic tropical troubadour known for his laid-back lifestyle and beloved by legions of devoted fans, has passed away at the age of 76. The news was confirmed by his official website and various media outlets.

In a statement released on his social media page, it was revealed that Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st, surrounded by his family, friends, music, and dogs. The statement described how he lived his life like a song until his very last breath and expressed that he would be deeply missed by many.

The cause of his death has not been disclosed.

Earlier in May, the singer-songwriter had a brief hospitalization following a trip to the Bahamas. He shared with his followers that he had to stop in Boston for a check-up, which led to immediate medical attention. He did not specify his ailment at the time but later shared his plans to recover and get back into shape, including going on a fishing trip with old friends upon his return home.

Born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Jimmy Buffett eventually found his creative voice in Key West, Florida, as mentioned on his website. He was known for his friendly and amiable style of songwriting, often characterized by clever wordplay. While he didn’t chase pop music trends or top the charts, “Margaritaville” in 1977 was his standout Top 10 hit.

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However, Jimmy Buffett’s real impact was in cultivating a passionate fanbase known as “Parrotheads,” who embraced his vision of a carefree life filled with flip-flops, beaches, boats, and a laid-back attitude.

Throughout his career, he expanded beyond music and ventured into various successful endeavors, including bestselling books, a Broadway musical, and a chain of casual restaurants and resorts.

Jimmy Buffett, honored with induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006, received two Country Music Association awards and earned Grammy Award nominations during his illustrious career. Prior to his passing, he was preparing to release a new album, with songs being previewed weekly on Radio Margaritaville.

He leaves behind his wife, Jane Slagsvol, and three children.

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