UPDATE 09/05/2023: Jimmy Buffett’s sister, Laurie Buffett McGuane, has revealed to People that she adn Jimmy were battling cancer at the same time.
“Jimmy and I were diagnosed with cancer about the same time. It was four years ago and Jimmy was actually diagnosed first. When Jimmy found out [I had cancer] he brought the whole family and the dogs to Montana to be with me.”
Jimmy passed away from skin cancer at 76 years old. Laurie had pancreatic cancer.
“Jimmy and I became closer because of our cancers. We talked before and after our scans. We shared a club that nobody wants to join. I am thunderstruck that Jimmy didn’t make it.”
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Many of us know Jimmy for the song “Margaritaville”….delightful melody which may remind us of the Caribbean. It is reported that this song and others was the start of a billion dollar business.
Although, Jimmy himself said, “there was no such place as Margaritaville,” and it was a compilation of his experiences in Key West–it felt very real to many of us.
Late Friday, it was posted on his website…
“Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs.” He will be missed by those of us who loved his music.
Jane Slagsvol and Jimmy’s three children, are grieving the loss of their husband and father.
We send blessings to the family.