Jimmy Buffett Died of a Rare Skin Cancer – On Sunday, an announcement on his website revealed that Jimmy Buffett, the renowned singer-songwriter, passed away on Friday after battling Merkel cell skin cancer for four years. Buffett, 76, was well-known for his beach-themed soft rock music, with hits including “Margaritaville” and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.”
“He continued to perform during treatment, playing his last show, a surprise appearance in Rhode Island, in early July,” the post read. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, Merkel cell carcinoma is an uncommon type of skin cancer with a significant risk of recurrence and the potential to metastasize within two to three years after diagnosis. The group reported that approximately 3,000 new cases of Merkel cell carcinoma are identified in the United States annually.
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Merkel cell carcinoma is predominantly observed in older individuals, with the risk of developing this cancer being heightened by prolonged exposure to the sun or having a weakened immune system, according to information provided by the Mayo Clinic. In May, Jimmy Buffett had to postpone a concert due to a hospitalization related to what he referred to as urgent medical matters.
In lieu of flowers, Buffett’s family has requested that donations be directed towards Singing for Change, Buffett’s foundation, as well as Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, on Christmas Day in 1946, Jimmy Buffett was not only a celebrated musician but also an accomplished author and business owner. He left an enduring legacy with a range of brands to his name, including Margaritaville restaurants and Land Shark beer.