Jimmy Buffett Lifeless at 76: Stars Honor “Margaritaville” Singer
On X, formerly known as Twitter, The Beach Boys‘ Brian Wilson wrote, “Love and Mercy, Jimmy Buffett.”
Elton John wrote on his Instagram Stories, “Jimmy Buffett was a unique and treasured entertainer. His fans adored him and he never let them down. This is the saddest of news. A lovely man gone way too soon.”
On his Instagram, Kenny Chesney shared a video of himself sitting on a beach and performing Buffett’s song “A Pirate Looks at 40.”
“So goodbye Jimmy,” he wrote. “Thanks for your friendship and the songs I will carry in my heart forever. Sail On Sailor.”
On his Instagram, Van Halen rocker Sammy Hagar dubbed Buffett the “Godfather of Lifestyle,” adding, “Jimmy started it all and took it farther than anyone. He taught us all how to live. Jimmy taught us all how to wear shorts, flip-flops and a worn out T-shirt, walk on stage or to your favorite restaurant, and be comfortable.”
In addition to his music career, Buffett was also known for his Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant chain, which was launched in 1985. Five years later, Hagar founded the Cabo Wabo restaurant and bar company.
“Jimmy turned us onto Corona beer, tequila, and margaritas,” the rocker wrote on Instagram. “The first time I met Jimmy he said ‘Oh you’re the guy that’s trying to get my job’ and I said, ‘Of course, we all want to be you.’ Rest in paradise, Mr. Buffett.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ bassist Flea commented on his post, “Love to jimmy.”
In addition, many fans, other celebs and notable figures also shared tributes to Buffett on social media.
Oscar winner Michael Douglas wrote on his Instagram, ” What a loss, much too soon. Whether at home with friends, or on the stage, he always made people feel good. Multi-talented, and such a lovely man. My deepest sympathies to Jane, Savannah, Sarah, and Cameron. RIP @jimmybuffett
His wife, fellow Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, wrote on her own page, “Jimmy Buffett loved you, as so many did. We will miss you. Love to Jane and all the family. Could there possibly be a ‘cheeseburger in paradise’ good enough for you? I hope so.”