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Jimmy Buffett Dies

Legendary singer-songwriter and businessman Jimmy Buffett passed away late Friday at the age of 76, with his death announced via an obituary posted to his website. Buffett reportedly succumbed to Merkel-cell carcinoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer he was first diagnosed with in 2019.

Known for his beach-life-themed rock music, Buffett notched 13 Billboard Hot 100 hits across his six-decade career, including "Margaritaville," "Come Monday," and "Cheeseburger in Paradise."

Beyond music, the Mississippi native successfully parlayed his island escapist persona into a business empire. His projects included a nationwide restaurant chain, a record label, retirement communities, the Land Shark beer brand, and more—while also finding time to author multiple bestselling books. Buffett's holdings were valued at more than $1B, and he was routinely placed high on Forbes' list of wealthiest celebrities.

See Buffett's life in photos here.

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