According to his official website and multiple media outlets, Jimmy Buffett, the tropical troubadour who celebrated his laid-back lifestyle through his folksy tunes, has died. He inspired legions of devoted fans and created a lucrative business empire.
He is 76.
A statement released on his social page reads, “Jimmy’s family, friends, music, and dogs surrounded him as he peacefully passed away on the night of September 1st.”
The statement continued, “He lived his life like a song until he took his very last breath, and so many will miss him beyond measure.”
They did not release the cause of death.
In May, the singer-songwriter briefly hospitalized after a trip to the Bahamas. “I stopped in Boston for a check-up but ended up back in the hospital to address some issues that needed immediate attention,” he informed his followers in a social media post.
Jimmy Buffett posted a day later that he would soon head home from the hospital and thanked his followers for the “outpouring of support and well wishes.” He chose not to share what was ailing him, but stated that he would go on a “fishing trip with old friends, along with paddling and sailing, and get himself back in good shape” after he returned home from the hospital.
Jimmy Buffett was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi and grew up in the port town of Mobile, Alabama. According to his website, he found his voice when he moved to Key West, Florida.
Buffett, an amiable singer-songwriter with a penchant for clever wordplay, largely ignored pop music trends and never became a hitmaker or an MTV darling. He had only one Top 10 song, “Margaritaville,” in 1977.
But he cultivated an enormous cult of fans, who affectionately referred to themselves as “Parrotheads,” and embraced his vision of a life spent in flip-flops, filled with beaches, boats, alcohol, and marijuana.
Later in his career, he turned his enduring popularity into bestselling books, a Broadway musical, and a string of casual restaurants, resorts, and other ventures.
Buffett, who joined the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006, earned two Country Music Association awards during his career and received two Grammy Award nominations.
According to his website, Buffett was preparing to release a new record before his death, with songs being previewed weekly on Radio Margaritaville.
Jane Slagsvol and three children survive Buffett.