Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, who popularized beach bum soft rock with the escapist Caribbean-flavored song “Margaritaville,” has died at 76.

Thanks For the Margaritaville Memories, Jimmy

Jimmy Buffett, the tropical troubadour whose folksy tunes celebrated his laid-back lifestyle, inspired legions of devoted fans and spawned a lucrative business empire, has died at age 76, according to his official website and multiple media outlets.

The news, announced on his website and social media accounts, follows Buffett’s May cancelation of a show in South Carolina to get treatment for an undisclosed illness.

“Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs,” a statement posted to Buffett’s official website and social media pages said late Friday. “He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many.”

Buffett only ever had one pop hit, “Margaritaville,” but his music earned him generations of devoted fans and led to a business empire that made him one of America’s wealthiest celebrities.

Buffett spent decades touring after the success of “Margaritaville,” and he used the commercial clout and the support of his rabid “Parrotheads,” or fans, to merchandise his music, open a chain of Margaritaville resorts and restaurants, and launch a lifestyle brand.

According to Forbes, Buffett’s net worth was over a billion dollars, and his concerts have reportedly grossed more than a million dollars a night.  

Buffett continued to tour until 2023. His last tour date, listed on his website, is a performance in San Francisco on May 6, 2023. About two weeks later, he cancelled upcoming late May tour dates in South Carolina. At the time, Buffett said he was hospitalized for “some issues that needed immediate attention.” 

“Growing old is not for sissies, I promise you,” he wrote at the time. 

Buffett is survived by his wife, Jane Slagsvol, two daughters, Savannah Jane and Sarah Delaney, and son Cameron Marley. 

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