Jimmy Buffett's widow, Jane, pays tribute to beloved musician: 'Every cell in his body was filled with joy'

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By stefan armitage

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As the world of music and entertainment continues to mourn the loss of legendary musician Jimmy Buffett, his wife, Jane, has shared a touching tribute with his fans.

Known for hits like 'Margaritaville' and 'Come Monday', Buffett's career spanned decades, making him a beloved figure for multiple generations.

Sadly, on September 1, a statement shared to JimmyBuffett.com revealed the heartbreaking news that the legendary musician had passed away at the age of 76.

The official statement revealed that he "passed away peacefully" at his home in Sag Harbor, Long Island, "surrounded by his family, friends, music, and dogs." It was later revealed that Jimmy had been battling Merkel Cell Skin Cancer for four years.

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Jimmy Buffett and wife Jane Slagsvol at the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Credit: Amy Sussman / Getty

Now, Jimmy's widow, Jane Buffett, has released a touching tribute that sheds light on the couple's challenging final years and thanks the extensive community that supported them.

"Growing Old is Not For Sissies"

"As Jimmy said a few months ago, 'growing old is not for sissies,'" Jane begins, acknowledging the hardships they faced while also paying homage to their resilience. "These last few years have been unimaginably challenging for Jimmy and me, and we're definitely not sissies."

Jimmy Buffett's career took off in the early '70s, gaining fame for his laid-back, island-inspired tunes. Even in the face of mounting health issues towards the end, he never lost the sense of joy that defined his music and public persona. Jane notes, "Every cell in his body was filled with joy. He smiled all the time, even when he was deeply ill. And his sense of humor never wavered."

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Buffett's widow says Jimmy's "sense of humor never wavered". Credit: Amanda Edwards / Getty

Jane also thanked the fans who have been like a "big, boisterous family" over the decades. "The smile that Jimmy beamed at you from the stage was sparked by your spirit," she mentions, attributing his love for performing to the vibrant community that embraced him.

"To the teams of doctors, nurses, hospice workers, and caregivers, your compassion was overwhelming in the best possible way," Jane writes, adding that they gave Jimmy hope "even at the most hopeless moments." In an era where healthcare workers are often the unsung heroes, Jane makes it a point to recognize their unparalleled commitment and empathy.

Jane extends her gratitude towards everyone involved in their professional and personal life, stating that they "made our lives better in thousands of ways, big and small, each day." She says that the sincerity and loyalty of their friends and work associates were a constant source of comfort, particularly during the trying times of Jimmy's illness.

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Credit: Dia Dipasupil / Getty

Jane's message also captures the essence of the tight-knit family and friendships that supported them. "You created a microclimate of affection that surrounded us like the sun. It gave us hope; it felt like a celebration even when things were grim," she reflects. "To my family. I cannot begin to express what you mean to me and Jimmy. I cherish you, I love you, and I am unfathomably grateful to you every day. You are my heart."

Jane concludes with lyrics from one of Jimmy's last songs, 'Bubbles Up', writing: "Just know that you are loved, there is light up above, and the joy is always enough. Bubbles up."

Our thoughts continue to go out to Jimmy's family, friends, and fans at this time.

Featured image credit: Dia Dipasupil / Getty

Jimmy Buffett's widow, Jane, pays tribute to beloved musician: 'Every cell in his body was filled with joy'

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By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

As the world of music and entertainment continues to mourn the loss of legendary musician Jimmy Buffett, his wife, Jane, has shared a touching tribute with his fans.

Known for hits like 'Margaritaville' and 'Come Monday', Buffett's career spanned decades, making him a beloved figure for multiple generations.

Sadly, on September 1, a statement shared to JimmyBuffett.com revealed the heartbreaking news that the legendary musician had passed away at the age of 76.

The official statement revealed that he "passed away peacefully" at his home in Sag Harbor, Long Island, "surrounded by his family, friends, music, and dogs." It was later revealed that Jimmy had been battling Merkel Cell Skin Cancer for four years.

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Jimmy Buffett and wife Jane Slagsvol at the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Credit: Amy Sussman / Getty

Now, Jimmy's widow, Jane Buffett, has released a touching tribute that sheds light on the couple's challenging final years and thanks the extensive community that supported them.

"Growing Old is Not For Sissies"

"As Jimmy said a few months ago, 'growing old is not for sissies,'" Jane begins, acknowledging the hardships they faced while also paying homage to their resilience. "These last few years have been unimaginably challenging for Jimmy and me, and we're definitely not sissies."

Jimmy Buffett's career took off in the early '70s, gaining fame for his laid-back, island-inspired tunes. Even in the face of mounting health issues towards the end, he never lost the sense of joy that defined his music and public persona. Jane notes, "Every cell in his body was filled with joy. He smiled all the time, even when he was deeply ill. And his sense of humor never wavered."

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Buffett's widow says Jimmy's "sense of humor never wavered". Credit: Amanda Edwards / Getty

Jane also thanked the fans who have been like a "big, boisterous family" over the decades. "The smile that Jimmy beamed at you from the stage was sparked by your spirit," she mentions, attributing his love for performing to the vibrant community that embraced him.

"To the teams of doctors, nurses, hospice workers, and caregivers, your compassion was overwhelming in the best possible way," Jane writes, adding that they gave Jimmy hope "even at the most hopeless moments." In an era where healthcare workers are often the unsung heroes, Jane makes it a point to recognize their unparalleled commitment and empathy.

Jane extends her gratitude towards everyone involved in their professional and personal life, stating that they "made our lives better in thousands of ways, big and small, each day." She says that the sincerity and loyalty of their friends and work associates were a constant source of comfort, particularly during the trying times of Jimmy's illness.

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Credit: Dia Dipasupil / Getty

Jane's message also captures the essence of the tight-knit family and friendships that supported them. "You created a microclimate of affection that surrounded us like the sun. It gave us hope; it felt like a celebration even when things were grim," she reflects. "To my family. I cannot begin to express what you mean to me and Jimmy. I cherish you, I love you, and I am unfathomably grateful to you every day. You are my heart."

Jane concludes with lyrics from one of Jimmy's last songs, 'Bubbles Up', writing: "Just know that you are loved, there is light up above, and the joy is always enough. Bubbles up."

Our thoughts continue to go out to Jimmy's family, friends, and fans at this time.

Featured image credit: Dia Dipasupil / Getty