Jimmy Buffett died after a lengthy skin cancer battle, according to a source at TMZ. The singer, who was 76, was apparently diagnosed with the disease four years ago and it turned into lymphoma, which was ultimately the cause of his death, the insider said. “He lived his life in the sun, literally and figuratively,” one close friend shared.
The source also said that Jimmy began receiving hospice care last Monday and had close family and friends with him throughout. Sir Paul McCartney also apparently went to the “Margaritaville” crooner’s home a week ago and sang to his family.
Jimmy’s death shocked many people when it was announced on his website on Friday night, and since then, there’s been a huge outpouring of heartfelt tributes from fellow celebrities and fans. Miles Teller, Brian Wilson, Andy Cohen, and more took to social media to share special tribute posts. Political figures like Bill Clinton also expressed sadness over Jimmy’s passing.
“Jimmy Buffett’s music brought happiness to millions of people. I’ll always be grateful for his kindness, generosity, and great performances through the years, including at the White House in 2000. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and legion of devoted fans,” the former U.S. president wrote in a tweet.