Jimmy Buffett Cause Of Death Revealed

3 September 2023 | 7:45 am | Staff Writer

The Margaritaville legend passed away at age 76

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Sources have revealed that Yacht Rock hero Jimmy Buffett passed away after a battle with skin cancer. The singer’s death was revealed on his website, while sources close to Buffett revealed the cause of death to website TMZ.

The skin cancer diagnosis reportedly turned into lymphoma. A source told the publication "He lived his life in the sun, literally and figuratively."

Buffett entered hospice care last Monday and was reportedly visited by Paul McCartney in his final weeks. He was able to tour, despite his illness, for many years before it became clear his health was an issue after postponing concerts in May after being hospitalised.

Epitomising the ‘beach bum’ culture, Buffett was a favourite in Australia. Buffett had a serious incident at an Australia Day show at the Hordern Pavillion in 2011 when he fell off the stage after an encore. A concert-goer said, "He just went over to the edge of the stage, like he had numerous times through the night, just to wave, and people were throwing stuffed toys and things at him. And he just took one step too many and just disappeared in a flash. He didn't have time to put his arms out to save himself or anything, he just dropped."

Buffett was rendered unconscious but was discharged from St Vincent’s Hospital the next day and returned later to complete his tour.

The singer songwriter was a little-known artist until penning the classic 1977 hit Margaritaville which became an anthem for those “wastin’ away” and looking for an excuse for a low-key life. One of the key songs in the yacht rock movement, the song became a totem for a state of mind.

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"There was no such place as Margaritaville," Buffett told the Arizona Republic in 2021. "It was a made-up place in my mind, basically made up about my experiences in Key West and having to leave Key West and go on the road to work and then come back and spend time by the beach."

Buffett took the Margaritaville brand global with restaurants, books and even a cruise line. Who wouldn’t want to go on a cruise with Margaritaville?

His investments made him one of the world’s richest musicians with an estimated net worth of $1 billion.

Buffett started his music career as a country artist in 1970 with the album Down To Earth. Largely busking at that time, the record did not make an impact, but fellow country artist Jerry Jeff Walker took him to Key West on a busking tour and his easygoing “beach bum” persona was born. Buffet combined elements of country, rock, calypso and pop to create his trademark tropical sound.

He labeled his music as ‘drunken Caribbean rock 'n' roll’, creating a movement that peaked with the US top ten Margaritaville in 1977. Here in Australia, be peaked earlier with his biggest chart hit 1974’s Come Monday.

A prolific artist, Buffett release 29 studio albums right up until 2020, but it was his other business ventures that proved most profitable. In 1993 he started his own record label. In 2006 he started his own beer company. In 2013 he opened Margaritaville Casino. In 2012 he released the Margaritaville online game. In 2021 he launched the Margaritaville retirement village. In 2018 Buffet launched the Coral Reefer marijuana brand.

A legendary musician and businessman, Buffett is the ultimate proof that a career in music need not follow one particular path. His calling card Margaritaville was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2016 for its cultural and historic significance and will forever be the sound of Key West Florida and most great karaoke nights.