Jimmy Buffett, iconic ‘Margaritaville’ singer, dies at 76

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

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

Buffett was 76 years old.

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

The cause of his death has not yet been revealed.

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

The “Margaritaville” singer “pa*sed away peacefully” on Friday.
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He was “surrounded by his family, his friends, his music and his dogs”.
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“He lived his life in a joyous rhythm, exuding positivity, joy and kindness. He was everyone’s friend and heaven 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” co-host exclaimed, “This man embodied joy. Kindness incarnate. Always smiling.

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

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Buffett canceled several shows in May after being hospitalized.
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News of Buffett’s death comes four months after he was hospitalized and subsequently canceled a string of shows.

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

He added: “Getting old is not for sissies, I promise you that. … Thank you for your prayers and thoughts, your incredible years of faithfulness, and just remember, “NOT YET!” »

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He is best known for his song “Margaritaville” 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” was released in 1977.

The iconic song 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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