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Jimmy Buffett's cause of death has been revealed to be cancer

Jimmy Buffett's cause of death has been revealed to be cancer

Tributes have since poured in for the late singer-songwriter

Jimmy Buffett's cause of death has been revealed to be cancer.

The 'Margaritaville' star passed away on Friday (1 September) with the sad news first being confirmed in a post shared on his X account - formerly known as Twitter - in the early hours of Saturday (September 2).

"Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1 surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs," the statement reads, which was accompanied with a picture of Buffett on a boat.

The statement continued: "He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many."

The 'Margaritaville' star's cause of death has now been revealed.

No cause of death was revealed at the time, however, in a news release uploaded to the official Jimmy Buffet website, it has since been revealed that the singer-songwriter had been fighting Merkel Cell skin cancer for four years.

The tweet announcing his death has had thousands of reposts and likes.

One fan said: "Truly heartbreaking. RIP to a legend like no other."

Another person wrote: "May your soul rest in peace, Jimmy. Thank you for the many years of music that you have blessed this world with. May your memory live on forever."

A third penned: "Enjoy your cheeseburger in paradise my friend, see you in Margaritiville [sic] RIP."

And it's not just fans who have flooded in to offer their condolences, as fellow music icons have also shared their tributes to the late 'It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere' hit-maker, like The Beatles' Paul McCartney.

In a lengthy post on X, the singer wrote: "It seems that so many wonderful people are leaving this world, and now Jimmy Buffett is one of them.

Tributes have poured in from friends and fellow music icons all over.
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"I’ve known Jimmy for some time and found him to be one of the kindest and most generous people."

He continued: "Right up to the last minute his eyes still twinkled with a humour that said, 'I love this world and I’m going to enjoy every minute of it'.

"So many of us will miss Jimmy and his tremendous personality. His love for us all, and for mankind as a whole.

"So long, Jim. You are a very special man and friend and it was a great privilege to get to know you and love you. Bubbles up, my friend."

According to his website, Buffet continued to perform during treatment, playing his last show, which was a surprise appearance in Rhode Island, in early July.

The 'Come Monday' singer is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jane (Slagsvol) Buffett, alongside his daughters Savannah Jane (Joshua) and Sarah Delaney and his son Cameron Marley (Lara).

"In lieu of flowers," the official news release adds, "the family requests that donations be made to Jimmy Buffett’s Foundation Singing for Change, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute or MD Anderson Cancer Center."

Featured Image Credit: Tim Mosenfelder/Douglas Mason/WireImage/Getty

Topics: Cancer, Celebrity, Health, Music, US News