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

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

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Legendary singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett has died at 76 years old. He was famous for songs that paid tribute to the easy life such as ‘Margaritaville’ and ‘Cheeseburger in Paradise.’

The news was posted by his official account on X, formerly known as Twitter at around 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

A statement on his website said: “Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs. He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many.”

His cause of death has not been released. However, Buffett had rescheduled concerts in May due to illness. He later said he had been hospitalized, but did not give a specific reason.

At the time Buffett announced the news of the postponed shows in posts on both his site and on social media.

According to the Associated Press, Buffett built an empire based largely on Caribbean-flavored pop that celebrated the Florida Keys, sunshine and nightlife. His name became synonymous with a laid-back subtropical party vibe, and his fans were known as Parrotheads. The Associated Press reports that Buffet landed at No. 13 in Forbes’ America’s Richest Celebrities in 2016 with a net worth of $550 million.

(Provided Photo/Jimmy Buffett website)

CNN posted a story after Buffett’s passing detailing his life and career. It said Buffett was born on Christmas Day 1946 in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and raised in the port town of Mobile, Alabama.

Buffett moved to Key West, Florida, where he found his voice, according to his website.

CNN reports that one of Buffett’s first songs to draw attention was “Come Monday,” from his 1974 album “Living & Dying in ¾ Time.”

Years later he told David Letterman, “This is a song that kept me from killing myself in a Howard Johnson’s in Marin County. It hit, I paid the rent, got my dog out of the pound. … and the rest is history.”