Sunday, April 21, 2024

Jimmy Buffett Dies at 76 from Skin Cancer: Beloved Singer Songwriter, Fans Send 16 of His Songs Onto Top 100


By now you may have heard the extremely sad news that Jimmy Buffett has died at age 76.

I was told last week that Buffett was gravely ill, but the news was being held. Jimmy was diagnosed four years ago with skin cancer which progressed quickly. It’s a terrible irony. His whole career was about having fun in the sun, and it killed him.

Condolences to his family especially his wife, Janie. The Buffetts are a popular couple everywhere, especially in the Hamptons.

Since the announcement of Jimmy’s death fans have sent 16 of his tracks onto the iTunes top 100. “Margaritaville” leads the pack but there are so many others. I became a fan with the release of his first album and the songs, “Come Monday,” and “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.” That was 50 years ago! That’s how long Jimmy Buffett has been part of the cultural landscape.

Of course, “Margaritaville” was his smash, and it just continued to grow and grow, especially as Jimmy turned the song into successful businesses. The New York Times says he was worth a billion dollars. Remarkable.

A lot of Margaritas will be be mixed and poured today in Jimmy Buffett’s honor. I expect the Grammys will give him a proper send off this winter.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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