Jimmy Buffett died after a 4-year battle with uncommon skin cancer.

Jimmy Buffett, iconic beach-themed songwriter, passed away from rare Merkel cell cancer at age 76.

His death occurred at his home in Sag Harbor, New York, near the Hamptons.

Buffett had battled Merkel cell carcinoma for four years while continuing to perform.

Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare, aggressive skin cancer that can spread quickly.

Risk factors include sun exposure, weakened immune system, prior cancer history, and age over 50.

Buffett made a surprise appearance in Rhode Island in early July before his passing.

He popularized a carefree, beach-inspired lifestyle in songs like "Margaritaville."

Buffett expanded his brand to include restaurants, clothing, casinos, and more.

His music featured hits like "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes."

Buffett's legacy celebrated the sun, sand, and laid-back coastal living.

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