Parrotheads Mourn Death of ‘Margaritaville’ Master Jimmy Buffett

The Parrotheads are in mourning, but the tributes their legion of fans pay to the late “Margaritaville” singer Jimmy Buffett are a touch more magical than tragic, to borrow from one of his most famous lyrics.

“Enjoying that cheeseburger in Paradise forever,” was a popular missive on social media.

“It’s five o’clock somewhere.” another fan wrote. “You will always be with us. “I’ll make sure I don’t step on the pop cover.”

“There are no words. Waking up to this news was not something I had expected.” Shiba Normie wrote in X. “I’ve been a Parrothead almost my entire life. Jimmy’s music has been with me in all my fondest memories and some of my lowest. Fins up sailor, I’ll see you on the other side of the world”.

Buffett, who built a billion-dollar empire with his deceptively simple tunes, died Friday at age 76.

The cause of death was not immediately provided.

Jimmy Buffett’s team has not yet revealed the cause of death of the singer, who hinted at health problems earlier this year that forced him to cancel some concerts. Getty Images for CMT
Singer immy Buffett smiles and gestures as she holds a guitar on a stage decorated with flowers.Legend has it that Buffett saw concertgoers dressed in tropical clothing with parrots on their heads and gave them the nickname “Parrotheads.” Getty Images for Escape To Marga

“Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs,” loved ones of the tropical rocker said in a statement on Instagram. “He lived his life like a song until his last breath and will be missed beyond measure by many.”

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“I am very saddened by the loss of a joyous and happy voice in the world of music.” ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts wrote. Jimmy Buffett has died at the age of 76. You can’t drink a margarita without thinking about him and his hit song “Margaritaville.” He brought joy and a beach vibe to many of us. RIP.”

“Waited until the summer was over,” the writer and podcast host posted. Tim O’Brien.

Singer Jimmy Buffett smiles in front of a poster for his Broadway musical. "Escape to Margaritaville," on the opening night of the show.Buffett arrived at the opening night of Buffett’s musical “Escape to Margaritaville” on Broadway in 2018.Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

Buffett’s death was announced on social media just months after he was forced to cancel several of his shows following a series of hospitalizations.

Speaking to fans in May, Buffett said he had to “address some issues that needed immediate attention,” before jokingly adding, “Aging is not for sissies, I promise.”

Buffett, whose hits include “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” and “Trip Around the Sun,” earned recognition as one of the most captivating names in music with a career that spanned 60 years.

Buffett was on stage performing with The Coral Reefer Band at The Omni Coliseum on September 4, 1976, in Atlanta, Georgia. 
Buffett performs with The Coral Reefer Band at The Omni Coliseum on September 4, 1976 in Atlanta, Georgia. fake images
A photo of Jimmy Buffett barefoot and holding a guitar on stage.Parrot heads everywhere are mourning the death of the “Margaritaville” singer.AP

Before his death, Buffett was preparing for the release of his new album, “Songs You Don’t Know by Heart.”

Only a few sounded a sour note on social media.

“Jimmy Buffett somehow created a huge entertainment empire from a simple, novelty song that somehow became the official anthem for lazy middle-aged people who like to sit around and do nothing.” wrote journalist Michael Tracey.

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