SAG HABOR, NY — Jimmy Buffett, whose sunny songs celebrate life on the coast, has died of a rare, aggressive skin cancer, according to a statement on his website.
According to the statement released after the first news, 76-year-old Buffett was diagnosed with Merkel cell cancer. his death appeared on Saturday. The statement also revealed where the “Margaritaville” singer died: at her home in Sag Harbor, New York, near the Hamptons.
The statement said she has been battling cancer for four years and continues to perform, most recently appearing in a surprise appearance in Rhode Island in early July.
Merkel cell carcinoma, as known in the medical literature, is very rare and tends to spread rapidly, including beyond the skin to body parts, according to the Federal National Cancer Institute and Mayo Clinic. Risk factors include too much sun exposure, a weakened immune system, a history of other cancers, and being fair-skinned and over 50.
Buffett led a laid-back, sandy-toe lifestyle on songs like “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” and “Margaritaville.” He built the latter into a brand that spanned restaurants, clothing, casinos and more.