Jimmy Buffett privately fought a lengthy health battle prior to his death.
The legendary musician, best known for his single “Margaritaville,” passed away Sept. 1 at age 76 at his home in Sag Harbor, Long Island, while surrounded by family and friends. Before he died, Buffett fought Merkel Cell Skin Cancer for four years, according to an obituary posted on his website.
But the singer-songwriter did not let his illness stop him from doing what he loved. “He continued to perform during treatment,” the website stated, “playing his last show, a surprise appearance in Rhode Island, in early July.”
Less than two months after he was hospitalized for what he described on X (formerly known as Twitter) as “issues that needed immediate attention,” the star had joined country singer Mac McAnally, a member of his backing group The Coral Reefer Band, onstage at his outdoor show at the Sunset Cove waterfront bar July 2.