'Margaritaville' singer Jimmy Buffett dies at 76

– Jimmy Buffett, a renowned singer, songwriter, and businessman, has died at the age of 76.

– He passed away peacefully on September 1st, surrounded by loved ones, marking the end of a life lived like a song.

– Born in 1946 in Mississippi, Buffett initially pursued a degree in history and began his music career later, recording his first album in 1970.

– His breakthrough came with the 1977 album "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes," featuring the hit single "Margaritaville," which became his signature song.

– "Margaritaville" was recognized for its cultural importance and inducted into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry in 2023.

– Buffett's musical style was described as "drunken Caribbean rock and roll," with hits like "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and "Fins," as well as introspective songs like "A Pirate Looks at 40."

– His greatest hits album, "Songs You Know by Heart," sold over 5.6 million copies.

– Over his career spanning five decades, Buffett released more than 30 records and had a devoted fan base known as Parrotheads.

– In addition to music, Buffett was a successful businessman, founding Margaritaville Holdings in 1985, which included restaurants, resorts, clothing, and more.

– Forbes estimated his net worth at $1 billion as of June 2023.

– Buffett was also a novelist, with books like "Tales from Margaritaville" and "Where Is Joe Merchant?" topping the New York Times bestseller list.

– He became one of the few authors to top both the fiction and nonfiction bestseller lists.

– Buffett's music was adapted into a musical, "Escape to Margaritaville," which premiered on Broadway in 2018.