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Jimmy Buffett, ‘Margaritaville’ singer, dead at 76

Renowned vocalist Jimmy Buffett, most famous for his hit song “Margaritaville,” has passed away. The Grammy-nominated artist peacefully departed on the night of September 1, surrounded by his loved ones, music, and loyal canine companions. This announcement was made through a statement posted on his social media accounts early Saturday morning. Buffett was 76 years old at the time of his passing. The statement also expressed that he lived his life with the spirit of a song until his final breath and will be deeply missed by many. The cause of his death has not been disclosed yet. Various celebrities took to social media over the weekend to mourn the loss of this talented musician, including Andy Cohen and Hoda Kotb. Jimmy Buffett, aged 76, has passed away. The “Margaritaville” singer peacefully departed on Friday. He was surrounded by his family, friends, music, and beloved dogs. He lived a joyous and positive life, radiating kindness and happiness. He was a friend to everyone, and wherever he was, it felt like paradise. This heartfelt tribute was shared by the host of “Watch What Happens Live,” who referred to Buffett as the “king of cool.” In a similar vein, Hoda Kotb, co-host of the “Today” show, described him as the embodiment of joy and goodness, always wearing a smile. She shared a personal memory of Buffett showering her mother with love when they met at jazzfest, as if he had known her his entire life. She believes he did this countless times for countless people. Rest in peace, @jimmybuffett. Buffett had to cancel a series of shows in May after being hospitalized. The news of his death follows his hospitalization four months ago, which led to the cancellation of multiple performances. In May, Buffett addressed his fans, explaining that he had encountered unexpected issues that required immediate attention. He also acknowledged the challenges of growing older but expressed gratitude for the prayers, thoughts, and unwavering support from his loyal fans. He assured them that he was not ready to leave just yet. While Buffett is most renowned for his song “Margaritaville” and the brand it has inspired, such as restaurants, resorts, a radio station, and a Broadway musical, his career began in the 1960s. He leaves behind his wife, Jane Slagsvol, and their three children, Savannah, Sarah, and Cameron.

Legendary singer Jimmy Buffett, best known for “Margaritaville,” has died.

The Grammy nominee “passed away peacefully on the night of September 1 surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs,” according to a statement posted on his social media accounts early Saturday morning.

Buffett was 76 years old.

The songwriter “lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many,” the statement concluded.

His cause of death has yet to be revealed.

Celebrities took to social media to mourn the musician over the weekend, from Andy Cohen to Hoda Kotb.

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Jimmy Buffett has died at age 76.
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The “Margaritaville” singer “passed away peacefully” on Friday.
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Jimmy Buffett
He was “surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs.”
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“He lived life in a happy groove, emanating positivity, joy and kindness. He was everybody’s friend, and Paradise was wherever he was,” the “Watch What Happens Live” host, 55, wrote of the “king of cool.”

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As for Kotb, the 59-year-old “Today” show co-host gushed, “This man personified joy. Embodied goodness. Always smiling.


“I remember the time he met my mom at jazzfest and showered her with love… like he knew her his whole life,” she continued via Instagram. “Bet he did that millions of times to millions of people. RIP @jimmybuffett.”

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Buffett cancelled several shows in May after a hospitaliztion.
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News of Buffett’s death comes four months after he was hospitalized and subsequently cancelled a series of shows.

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“I had a sudden change of plans this week that affected us all,” the songwriter wrote in May while “address[ing] some issues that needed immediate attention.”

He added, “Growing old is not for sissies, I promise you. … Thank you for your prayers and thoughts, your amazing years of loyalty, and just remember, ‘NOT YET!’”

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He is best known for his “Margaritaville” song and the brand it inspired.
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The “Cheeseburger in Paradise” singer is survived by his wife, Jane Slagsvol, and their three children — Savannah, Sarah and Cameron.

While Buffett’s career kicked off in the 1960s, his breakthrough song “Margaritaville” came out in 1977.

The iconic tune has since inspired a restaurant chain of the same name, as well as resorts, a radio station, a Broadway musical and more.

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