Musician Jimmy Buffet performs for members of Joint Task Force Haiti behind the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, March 3, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call/Released) [Photo Credit Wikimedia Commons]
“He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many,” the statement read. Buffett’s cause and place of death were not provided.
Buffett leaves behind his wife Jane Slagsvol and his three children: Savannah, Sarah and Cameron.
The musician began struggling with a health issue starting last year, when he was hospitalized and forced to cancel several shows, according to USA Today. In May and June 2023, he canceled additional concerts after disclosing that he returned to the hospital to address medical issues that required “immediate attention.”
In addition to the 1977 hit “Margaritaville,” Buffett released several pop culture staples in the 1970s and 1980s, including “Come Monday,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” “A Pirate Looks at Forty” and “Pencil Thin Mustache.”
Buffett excelled in music and business. The musician from Mobile, Alabama who began playing guitar during his freshman year at Auburn university also had a business empire.
His empire featured retail stores, restaurants, beer, a casino, and retirement communities, and he personally was listed to have a net worth of $1 billion in June of 2023.
The past year saw Buffett struggle with his health which caused canceled shows and “immediate attention.”