Jimmy Buffett dead at 76: Tributes pour in for legendary Margaritaville singer

2 September 2023, 08:46 | Updated: 2 September 2023, 12:56

Jimmy Buffett has died aged 76
Jimmy Buffett has died aged 76. Picture: Getty
Kieran Kelly

By Kieran Kelly

Legendary singer Jimmy Buffett has died aged 76.

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Buffett, who was known for hit songs such as Margaritaville and Come Monday, died on Friday surrounded by his family.

An emotional statement issued by his family reads: "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."

Buffett is survived by his wife, Jane Slagsvol, and three children: Savannah, Sarah, and Cameron.

Jimmy Buffett
Jimmy Buffett. Picture: Alamy

Tributes have been pouring in for the singer, including from one fan who commented: "Thank you Jimmy! I see the world differently and better because of you! RIP."

"Absolutely devastated. So grateful we saw you live so many times. Love you Jimmy," another said.

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Buffett had been hospitalised a number of times in the months leading up to his death, forcing him to pull out of concerts, including in May.

At the time, Buffett said: "Two days ago, I was just back from a trip to the Bahamas, thawing out from the California 'winter tour,' and chomping at the bit to get to Charleston.

"I had to stop in Boston for a check-up but wound up back in the hospital to address some issues that needed immediate attention."

Jimmy Buffett
Jimmy Buffett. Picture: Getty

He continued: "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!'"

He had planned to release a new album named Songs You Don't Know by Heart.