Renowned singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, celebrated for his hit song “Margaritaville,” passed away at the age of 76, according to an announcement made on his website and social media platforms on Saturday. Buffett’s death occurred peacefully on the evening of September 1st, in the company of his family, friends, music, and dogs.
The statement released by his loved ones described Buffett as someone who lived his life like a song until his last breath, and whose absence will be deeply felt by many. His most famous song, “Margaritaville,” not only inspired the creation of restaurants and resorts but also contributed significantly to his wealth. In 2016, Forbes listed Buffett as the 13th richest celebrity in America, with a net worth of $550 million.
Fans, fondly referred to as “Parrotheads,” took to his Facebook page to express their grief and pay tribute to the singer. Many fans reminisced about how Buffett’s music had been an integral part of their lives. His health issues began in 2022, leading to the cancellation of several shows. In 2023, he was again hospitalized, forcing him to cancel more concerts.
Born on Christmas Day in 1946 in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Buffett began his musical journey by learning guitar in college. He started his career playing on the streets of New Orleans before forming his first band. He later relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, to work for Billboard Magazine and pursue his singing career. However, it was in Key West in the 1970s that Buffett truly found his musical identity.
Buffett’s illustrious career spanned six decades, during which he released over 50 albums and won several Country Music Association awards. Despite never winning a Grammy, he was twice nominated and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
In addition to his musical legacy, Buffett leaves behind a fortune estimated at $1 billion. His wealth was amassed through various business ventures, including his popular restaurant chain, Margaritaville, which was launched in 1985. His touring and recording activities also contributed significantly to his net worth.
Beyond his music and business ventures, Buffett authored several books, including children’s books co-written with his daughter Savannah. He also made occasional appearances as an actor. Buffett is survived by his wife, Jane Slagsvol, and their three children: Savannah, Sarah, and Cameron.