Iconic singer-songwriter and native Alabamian Jimmy Buffett died at age 76, according to a statement posted to his website.
Buffett, born in Pascagoula, Miss., spent his early years living in Mobile and Fairhope. He was a graduate of the McGill Institute for Boys, now McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. He also briefly attended Auburn University.
"Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs," the statement said late Friday. "He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many."
Buffett was perhaps most known for his 1977 hit "Margaritaville" and had many other "songs you know by heart" throughout his career that spanned six decades. He also accumulated a net worth of more than $1 billion through his music, merchandising and business ventures.
He toured up until May. His final concert was on May 6 at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, Calif. He canceled his next show slated for May 20 in Charleston, citing an issue that "needed immediate attention" and declared, "growing old is not for sissies."
Buffett will be missed by his fans worldwide.
Jeff Poor is the editor in chief of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email jeff.poor@1819News.com or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.
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