Jimmy Buffett dies: 'He lived his life like a song'

Jimmy Buffett, the iconic beach bum persona with a 50-plus year recording career, passed away at 76.

His music career led to devoted fans, restaurants, books, beer, resorts, and a Broadway show.

Buffett struggled with undisclosed health issues in 2022 and 2023, leading to concert cancellations.

Known for his Parrothead fan base, he attracted legions of fans to his summer tours.

Hits like "Margaritaville," "Come Monday," and "Cheeseburger in Paradise" defined his career.

Born on Christmas Day 1946 in Mississippi, he developed a love for sailing and started playing guitar at Auburn University.

He initially pursued country music but shifted to Calypso folk-pop after a Key West trip in 1971.

Buffett's business acumen was evident with the opening of his first Margaritaville store in 1985.

He coined the term "trop rock" for his signature sound, blending acoustic guitar, steel drums, and pedal steel guitar.

Jimmy Buffett's legacy spans music, entertainment, and a devoted fanbase, leaving an indelible mark on popular culture.

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