Celebrities took to social media to pay tribute to the late Jimmy Buffett, who died on Friday at 76.
“Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs,” a statement posted to his social media accounts read. “He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many.”
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The singer and businessman was best known for his song “Margaritaville,” as well as the themed restaurant chain and hotels modeled after the song.
“Jimmy Buffet was a unique and treasured entertainer,” Elton John wrote on his Instagram Story. “His fans adored him and he never let them down. This is the saddest of news, a lovely man gone way too soon. Condolences to Jane and the family from David and me.”
Andy Cohen remembered the Grammy winner as “the king of cool,” adding, “paradise was wherever Jimmy Buffett was.”
John Stamos shared a video of the 2018 PBS special A Capitol Fourth in which he performed alongside Buffett and The Beach Boys. “Rest well, Jimmy,” the Full House star captioned the post. “Thank you for the teaching us all to live life to the fullest. What a loss.”
“He was warm and so caring,” Brooklyn Decker, who posed alongside Buffett in the 2007 issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, wrote on Instagram. “I’m eternally grateful for the kindness he showed me early in my career. A universally adored man who so clearly treasured his family and friends. A true joy creator. Today is a heavy day. Rest in peace.”
Read more tributes below.
The king of cool… paradise was wherever Jimmy Buffett was. ❤️☀️🌊🦜🍔 pic.twitter.com/F1HC8G2bUE
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) September 2, 2023
It seems that so many wonderful people are leaving this world, and now Jimmy Buffett is one of them. I’ve known Jimmy for some time and found him to be one of the kindest and most generous people.
I remember once on holiday when I had forgotten to bring my guitar and was… pic.twitter.com/k5B6xgpAh7
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) September 2, 2023
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – the legend Jimmy Buffett pic.twitter.com/l0aMeuiOCJ
— Miles Teller (@Miles_Teller) September 2, 2023
Heart broken this morning hearing of Jimmy Buffett's passing. What an incredible talent and man. His songs will live on forever. I’ll bet most of y’all don’t know that he wrote the theme song for @BarmageddonUSA for me about 2 years ago. Raising a glass today to the Son of a son…
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) September 2, 2023
Your music brought joy to so many people, including me. It was always a pleasure when our paths crossed and we were able to share the stage together. I will hold dear our time spent together on stage, especially you singing "Kokomo" with us. Your sense of humor… pic.twitter.com/ihqy8oZwE8
— Mike Love (@MikeLoveOFCL) September 2, 2023
The pirate has passed. RIP Jimmy Buffett. Tremendous influence on so many of us -T pic.twitter.com/HpyDWYWPfE
— Toby Keith (@tobykeith) September 2, 2023
We celebrate the life & career of 'Margaritaville' singer-songwriter-entrepreneur @jimmybuffett. “I was the life of the party,” he once said, noting his legacy is “helping people forget their troubles for a couple of hours.” #sagaftramember since 1970https://t.co/cKcwDiaie0
— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) September 2, 2023
A poet of paradise, Jimmy Buffett was an American music icon who inspired generations to step back and find the joy in life and in one another.
We had the honor to meet and get to know Jimmy over the years, and he was in life as he was performing on stage – full of goodwill and…
— President Biden (@POTUS) September 2, 2023
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.
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) September 2, 2023
It’s a sad day today. I woke up to the news of Jimmy Buffett’s passing. His music has been the soundtrack to my life. Spending a lot of my childhood in South Florida, he was the epitome of a free spirit and lived a lifestyle that we all admired and strived to emulate. My dad was… pic.twitter.com/lgWfFQQJao
— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) September 2, 2023
So Saddened To Hear About The Loss Of My Great Friend Jimmy Buffett! 30 Years Of Friendship! He Was An Amazing Entertainer Who Made The World A Better Place! Thank You Jimmy! Rest In Peace! 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/bDr8fZhlh0
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) September 2, 2023
Jimmy Buffett, you will be missed! You and your music have been a huge influence and we will never forget the kindness you’ve shown to us! We will continue to celebrate the Saltwater Gospel in your honor! pic.twitter.com/zE9DN2DJu0
— Eli Young Band (@EliYoungBand) September 2, 2023
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