The worlds of country and rock music were united in grief last week after learning that Jimmy Buffett died at the age of 76.
According to Breitbart, a statement was posted to Buffett's social media accounts explaining that the veteran singer passed away at his home in Sag Harbor, Long Island on Friday.
"Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs," it read.
"He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many," the statement went on to add.
— Jimmy Buffett (@jimmybuffett) September 2, 2023
That message was followed by an obituary posted to the late singer's official website recalling how he enjoyed "a recording career that spanned more than fifty years and included hits such as 'Margaritaville,' 'Come Monday,' and 'It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.'"
"He filled arenas with fans who called themselves 'Parrot Heads,' and popularized a signature blend of folk, country and Caribbean music with lyrics that often reflected Buffett’s world travels," it continued.
Breitbart observed that Buffett matched his achievements on stage with a savvy approach to business that began in 1985 when he opened Margaritaville-themed stores and restaurants in Key West.
This was followed two years later by the first Margaritaville Café, with locations later opening throughout Florida, California, and in New Orleans.
Other business ventures consisted of resorts, clothing lines, a radio station, alcoholic beverages, and other food products.
On behalf of everyone (who works, visits, or lives) in Margaritaville, we mourn the loss of Jimmy, a true national treasure, and express our heartfelt condolences to his family and everyone around the world who loves him.
— Margaritaville (@Margaritaville) September 3, 2023
Buffett's passing was noted by other artists, including Michigan rock legend Bob Seger, who tweeted, "Sunshine personified. I never met a human being that didn't like him. He'll be greatly missed."
— Bob Seger (@BobSeger) September 2, 2023
Former Beatles member Paul McCartney spoke up as well, calling Buffett "one of the kindest and most generous people."
It seems that so many wonderful people are leaving this world, and now Jimmy Buffett is one of them. I’ve known Jimmy for some time and found him to be one of the kindest and most generous people.
I remember once on holiday when I had forgotten to bring my guitar and was… pic.twitter.com/k5B6xgpAh7
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) September 2, 2023