Jimmy Buffett’s wife, Jane Slagsvol, pens tribute after death
Jane Slagsvol, the wife of Jimmy Buffett, expressed a heartfelt tribute to the late singer following his battle with cancer. On Buffett’s website, Slagsvol wrote, “As Jimmy stated a few months ago, ‘growing old is not for sissies.’ These past few years have been incredibly challenging for both Jimmy and myself, and we have proven that we are not weak.” She continued, acknowledging the support they received from the people around them, saying, “Through every difficult moment, we felt the love and support of those in our lives. Whether it was at arenas, events, or even in hospitals, we were surrounded by love. There is an entire world of people that I want to express my gratitude to for the incredible kindness you have shown us.”
Slagsvol, 72, recognized the fans of her husband, known as Parrot Heads, stating that they became like a second family to them over the years. She wrote, “Thank you for creating the most joyful community in the world. The happiness that Jimmy felt while on stage was ignited by your spirit. I believe that is why he loved performing so much. He was grateful for the community that you built around him. Your sympathy and support continue to inspire and comfort me and my family.”
Slagsvol also took a moment to acknowledge the medical professionals who cared for Buffett during his battle with Merkel-cell carcinoma, a rare and aggressive form of skin cancer. She expressed her gratitude for their compassion and dedication, stating, “Jimmy listened to every word you said and followed your guidance. Even in the most hopeless moments, you gave him hope. We are thankful for your unwavering commitment to finding the best solutions at every stage of his illness. Your honesty, bravery, and empathy demonstrated such dignity and goodness. We could not have asked for a better team of professionals.”
In addition to expressing her thanks to family, friends, and colleagues, Slagsvol reflected on Buffett’s love for her and everyone he encountered. She said, “Every fiber of his being was filled with joy. He always had a smile on his face, even when he was severely ill. His sense of humor never faltered. Jimmy was always optimistic, always shining, always making us laugh.”
Buffett passed away on September 1 at his home on Long Island at the age of 76. His final concert took place on July 2 in Rhode Island. He had been married to Slagsvol since August 1977, and together they had three children: Savannah, 44, Sarah, 31, and Cameron, 29.
Jimmy Buffett’s wife penned a poignant tribute to the late “Margaritaville” singer after he lost his battle with cancer.
“As Jimmy said a few months ago, ‘growing old is not for sissies.’ These last few years have been unimaginably challenging for Jimmy and me, and we’re definitely not sissies,” Jane Slagsvol wrote on Buffett’s website Saturday.
“One thing we both knew and experienced, through every difficult moment, was the feeling of being buoyed up by all the people in our lives. Everywhere we went, at arenas, at events, and even in the hospitals, we were surrounded by love. There is a whole world of people I want to thank for the incredible kindness you showed us.”
Slagsvol, 72, noted that her husband’s fans, known as Parrot Heads, “became a big, boisterous” second family to the couple over the years.
“Thank you for creating the world’s most joyful community,” she wrote. “The smile that Jimmy beamed at you from the stage was sparked by your spirit. I think that’s why he loved performing so much. He was so grateful to the community you built around him. Your sympathy and support inspire and comfort me and my family.”
Slagsvol also took a moment to thank Buffett’s “teams of doctors, nurses, hospice workers, and caregivers” for showing “overwhelming” compassion throughout the musician’s private four-year battle with Merkel-cell carcinoma, a rare, aggressive form of skin cancer.
“Jimmy listened to everything you said and followed your every order. You gave him hope, even at the most hopeless moments,” she shared.
“Thank you for your tenacity in seeking the best solutions at each stage of his illness. You were honest, brave, and empathic; you showed us such dignity and goodness. I could not have asked for a better team of professionals.”
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After extending gratitude to family, friends and co-workers, Slagsvol remembered Buffett’s love for her and everyone who crossed his path.
“Every cell in his body was filled with joy,” she gushed. “He smiled all the time, even when he was deeply ill. And his sense of humor never wavered. Jimmy was always the optimist, always twinkling, always making us laugh.”
Buffett died on Sept. 1 at his home on Long Island. He was 76.
The “Come Monday” crooner, who performed his final concert on July 2 in Rhode Island, had been married to Slagsvol since August 1977.
The pair shared three children: Savannah, 44, Sarah, 31, and Cameron, 29.