‘Margaritaville’ Singer & Food Chain Business Man Jimmy Buffet Has Passed Away

Jimmy Buffett, a beloved singer and entertainer best known for his hit song Margaritaville and the restaurant chain and hotels it inspired, has passed away. The news was shared via his official website and social media accounts late Friday, with Buffett being 76 years of age at the time of his passing.

How was the news of Jimmy Buffet’s passing announced?

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A statement was released on Buffett’s official website and social media on September 1, announcing the entertainer’s untimely passing. Buffett passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st while surrounded by his loved ones, music, and his beloved dogs. The statement mentions that Buffett lived his life like a song until his very last breath, and he will be missed deeply by many across the world. The cause of death is currently unknown. The word to word statement 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”

Jimmy Buffet’s official website and social media accounts
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What is Jimmy Buffet’s legacy in music?

Early in his career, Buffett struggled to gain success, and it wasn’t until the early ’70s that he signed his first record contract. Soon after, he released his debut album, Down to Earth, though it didn’t catch people’s attention quite like he had hoped. Not long after, he moved to Key West, Florida and adopted his trademark laid-back beach-bum persona. After signing with ABC-Dunhill Records, Buffett released White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean in 1973, which finally put him on the map.

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The muscian’s sixth album, Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, marked a turning point in his career, attracting a mainstream audience thanks to the inclusion of his iconic hit song Margaritaville. The following year, he released Son of a Son of a Sailor, which featured another notable track, Cheeseburger in Paradise, both of which helped establish Buffett as a beloved musician for many years. Buffett has since released dozens of albums and headlined over 40 concert tours throughout his more than 50-year career.

After seeing the success of his beach-bum image in his music career, Jimmy expanded his brand to include multiple other ventures. This included writing books, launching a Margaritaville-themed clothing line, creating an entire chain of restaurants, resorts, and hotels, as well as more. In addition to his music and brand, Buffett has also made guest appearances in television shows and movies such as Jurassic World, Billionaire Boys Club, Hawaii Five-0, and Blue Bloods.