Singer-Songwriter and Margaritaville Inspiration Jimmy Buffett Has Passed Away
It is with a heavy heart that we here at Universal Parks Blog share the news that Jimmy Buffett, the beloved singer-songwriter whose laid-back island-inspired tunes made him an icon, has passed away at the age of 76. As of going to print, a cause of death has not been revealed.
As you can see from the image above, Buffett’s death was confirmed through a statement on his website which read, “Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music, and dogs. He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many.”
Buffett’s song “Margaritaville” was the only hit in his 50-year career to crack the top 10. The song developed a cult following for its promotion of a laid-back tropical island lifestyle. The song would hit number 8 on the national charts. Buffett’s fans would go on to be called “parrotheads.”
As Variety tells us, Buffet, despite having no additional big radio hits, would go on to release four platinum albums and eight gold albums during a career that spanned five decades. In 2016 Buffett’s personal wealth was estimated at $500 million. Much of his wealth came from Margaritaville Holdings, which would see the creation of Margaritaville restaurants, and licensed products including apparel, footwear, retail stores, and even a live beer LandShark Lager.
Jimmy Buffett was born on December 25, 1946, in Mississippi and was raised in Mobile, Alabama. Buffett started his career playing out and about in Nashville. In 1971 after falling in love with the Florida Keys during a tour stop, Buffett moved there and his laid-back, island persona was born.
Buffet is survived by his second wife Jane along with two daughters and a son.
You can pay tribute to Jimmy by popping into Margaritaville, located at Universal CityWalk Orlando. This popular watering whole has an aesthetic that serves as an ode to island life with a cocktail menu and dining options that celebrates Key West Cuisine.
Orlando is also home to Margaritaville Resort. This island-inspired escape offers hotel rooms, private cottages, and villas as well as a wide range of amenities including shuttle services to Orlando theme parks.
Here at Universal Parks Blog, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Buffett’s family, friends, colleagues, and all those he touched with his music.