Jimmy Buffett died Friday at his Long Island home at the age of 76.
WASHINGTON — Jimmy Buffett, who popularized beachbums soft rock with his 1977 hit “Margaritaville,” has died of a rare type of skin cancer. according to its website.
According to AS, Buffett died Friday at his Long Island home at the age of 76 after a four-year battle with Merkel cell carcinomaStatement released on Sunday.
Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare type of skin cancer that usually presents as a flesh-colored or bluish-red lump, according to the study Mayo Clinic. The cancer tends to spread quickly to other parts of the body and usually develops in older people.
An illness had forced the 76-year-old to reschedule concerts in May, and Buffett admitted on social media posts that he’d been hospitalized, but didn’t provide any details at the time.
According to the statement, Buffett continued to perform during treatment and played his final show in a surprise performance in Rhode Island in early July.
The family asked for donations to Jimmy Buffett’s Singing for Change Foundation, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, or the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
After the announcement of his death, tributes flocked from all walks of life, from Hollywood star Miles Teller, who posted photos of himself with Buffett, to former US Senator Doug Jones of Alabama, who wrote on X, formerly Twitter, that Buffett “lived life” to the fullest and the world will miss him.” Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys wrote, “Love and mercy, Jimmy Buffett.”
Released February 14, 1977, “Margaritaville” quickly took on a life of its own, becoming a state of mind for those who “relocate” and an excuse for a life of fun and escapism for those who “grow.” older, but not up.”
The song – from the album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes – stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 22 weeks, peaking at number 8. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2016 for its cultural and historical significance to the karaoke standard and helped establish Key West, Florida as a music genre in its own right and a world-renowned travel destination.
“There wasn’t a place like Margaritaville,” Buffett told the Arizona Republic in 2021. “It was a made-up place in my mind that basically grew out of my experiences in Key West and the need to get off Key West and onto the road.” go, arose.”D to work and then come back and spend time at the beach.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.