US singer Jimmy Buffett has died at the age of 76, according to information on his social media channels. “He lived his life like a song to his last breath and will be missed immeasurably by so many,” it said in a statement shared on his social media channels and website.

“Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs.” Buffet, whose best-known hit is 1977’s “Margaritaville,” mixed genres like country, pop and rock with Caribbean flair in his music.

Biden honors Buffett

The entertainer was “a poet of paradise” and “an American music icon”, said US President Joe Biden in a White House statement. He and his wife Jill met Buffett personally: “He was the same person off the stage as on – full of goodwill and joy, using his talent to bring people together.”

Details of the location, exact time of death and possible causes of Buffett’s death were not initially known. The singer was born in 1946 in the US state of Mississippi. After university he went to Nashville to get started as a musician. But success came later. “The Caribbean and the Gulf Coast were Buffett’s muses, and nowhere more so than Key West, Florida,” wrote the New York Times on Saturday. “When I found Key West and the Caribbean, I wasn’t really successful,” the paper quoted as saying from a 1989 interview. “But I found a lifestyle and I knew that everything I did would be compatible with my lifestyle had to.”

He created an empire

According to the Washington Post, he embodied this image with his tanned face, blond hair and ever-present smile. But Buffett was also growing into a businessman. The New York Times wrote that he had built an empire that included restaurants, a hotel chain and clothing. In 2023, Forbes estimated Buffett’s net worth at $1 billion. In addition to his music, he also published books. His fans are called “Parrot Heads”.

Buffet is survived by his wife, Jane Slagsvol Buffett, to whom he had been married since the late 1970s, and three children.