“Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs,” the statement read. “He lived his life like a song until his last breath and will be missed immeasurably by so many.”
The report included a photo of Buffett, dressed casually, sitting on a boat in the water.
The cause of death is not known.
Buffett had only one pop hit, “Margaritaville,” but his music won him generations of fans and led to a business empire that made him one of America’s richest celebrities.
Buffett got his start as a country singer and street performer in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2017, CBS Sunday Morning’s Tracy Smith and Buffett traveled together to the area’s French Quarter, where Buffett said the city was essential to his career.
“Those years here really made me a great professional player, so I thought I could make that leap and this is my training ground for all of that,” he said. The victory “may not have happened” without New Orleans.
Buffett toured for decades after the success of “Margaritaville,” and he used both his business clout and his fanatical patronage.,” or fans, opening a chain of Margaritaville resorts and restaurants and launching a lifestyle brand to sell his music. According to Forbes, Buffett’s net worth was over a billion dollars, and his concerts reportedly grossed over a million dollars a night.
Buffett toured until 2023. His last tour date listed on his website is a show in San Francisco on May 6, 2023. After about two weeks, heIn South Carolina. At the time, Buffett said he was admitted to the hospital for “some issues that needed immediate attention.”
“Aging is not for sisters, I assure you,” she wrote at the time.
Buffett is survived by his wife, Jane Slackswall, two daughters, Savannah Jane and Sarah Delaney, and a son, Cameron Marley.