Jimmy Buffett dead at 76: Music legend’s family shares emotional statement as singer leaves behind massive $1B fortune

JIMMY Buffett has died aged 76 just months after repeated hospitalizations prevented him from performing.

The cult singer leaves behind an enormous fortune of one billion dollars and an impressive legacy from his 60-year career.

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Jimmy Buffett has died at the age of 76 after battling unknown health problems Credit: GettyThe musician left behind his wife Jane Slagsvol and their three children

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The musician is survived by his wife Jane Slagsvol and their three children Credit: Getty

The news of the music icon’s death was announced by his family on social media in an emotional statement.

“Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1 surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs.

“He lived his life like a song until his last breath and will be missed by many,” the Margaritaville singer’s family wrote in a statement.

He left behind his wife Jane Slagsvol, whom he has been married to since 1977, and three children: Savannah, Sarah and Cameron.

Jimmy's family revealed the tragic news on social media late Friday night

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Jimmy’s family revealed the tragic news on social media late Friday nightCredit: Instagram/jimmybuffett

Buffett was previously married to a woman named Margie Washichek from 1969 to 1972.

Following news of his death, tributes to the CMA winner began pouring in online.

“Thank you Jimmy! I see the world differently and better because of you! RIP,” one fan commented on the family’s tribute on Instagram.

“Absolutely devastated. We are so grateful to have seen you live so many times. Love you Jimmy,” another cried.

“RIP Legend! Finding his one special port in the sky,” said a third.

While another mused further: “God bless you Jimmy Buffett. This news is absolutely heartbreaking. It doesn’t feel real and I wish it wasn’t. There will only be one Jimmy Buffett.

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“What he created will never be measured. As Buffett said, ‘If there’s a paradise for me, I’m sure there’s a beach attached to it.’ He is now in heaven playing his six string and singing his timeless songs. You will be missed immensely Jimmy. Keep your fins up and God bless you.”

HEALTH STRUGGLES

Buffett was in and out of the hospital in the months leading up to his death.

He was initially admitted to the hospital back in May, as reported by CNN.

The trip to the hospital forced the postponement of a Jimmy Buffett & Coral Reefer Band concert that was scheduled to take place in Charleston, South Carolina at the time.

Buffett shared the news on his personal website and beyond social media in that time.

He wrote: “Just got back from a trip to the Bahamas two days ago, 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 I ended up back at the hospital to get some issues that needed immediate attention.”

Buffett did not reveal what the problems were, nor did he provide details about his health status.

He concluded: “Aging is not for pussies, I promise you.

“Thank you for your prayers and thoughts, your incredible years of devotion and just remember, ‘NOT YET!'”

A few months later, in July, he surprised a crowd in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, with a performance at Sunset Cove, a waterfront bar.

A PERMANENT LEGACY

Before his death, Jimmy was preparing to release a new album: Equal Strain on All Parts.

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During his career, he released more than 50 albums and wrote countless iconic songs.

He is known for the hit singles Margaritaville, Come Monday and Cheeseburger in Paradise.

Most of his albums have gone gold, platinum or multi-platinum.

Buffett has performed on stages around the world and sold out numerous concert halls.

During his career, he won awards from the Country Music Association and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The musician was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and grew up in Mobile, Alabama.

Before he started playing music, he was a fourth-generation sailor.

He became a pilot in 1996, obtaining a license to operate seaplanes and amphibious aircraft.

Buffett himself owned several planes, including a Dassault Falcon 900, a Cessna 208 Caravan, a Grumman Albatross, a Grumman Goose and a Boeing E-75 Stearman.

The singer was declared a billionaire by Forbes in 2023.

The outlet noted his $180 million stake in Margaritaville, his popular restaurant chain, an estimated $570 million in touring and recording earnings, $140 million in planes, homes and Berkshire Hathaway stock and a music catalog worth $50 million.

Months before his death, Jimmy was hospitalized for health complications

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Months before his death, Jimmy was hospitalized due to health complications Credit: GettyHe enjoyed an expansive career, releasing more than 50 albums

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He enjoyed an expansive career, releasing more than 50 albums Credit: GettyJimmy has received many accolades, including being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Jimmy has received many accolades including being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Credit: Getty

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