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Jimmy Buffett cause of death announced by family source

In addition to his career as a singer-songwriter, Jimmy Buffett was an author, actor, and businessman. JAY C. PUGH PHOTO

(City Tribune) — “Margaritaville” singer Jimmy Buffett had cancer when he died at 76 Friday, Sept. 1.

According to family sources, the Pascagoula, Mississippi, native was diagnosed with melanoma four years ago and had recently been battling lymphoma. Buffett began hospice care on Aug. 28.

In a career that spanned seven decades, his hits also include “Come Monday,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” “Pencil Thin Mustache,” and “Fins.

He toured extensively over the years and was scheduled to play on Sept. 2 in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Buffeett also wrote three bestselling books: Buffett wrote three number-one best sellers. “Tales from Margaritaville,” “Where Is Joe Merchant?” and “A Pirate Looks at Fifty.”

“Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by family, music, and dogs,” his website said. “He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by many.”