Jimmy Buffett, the beloved singer-songwriter and "Margaritaville" creator, died on Friday at his home in Sag Harbor, New York. He was 76.
Buffett had been battling Merkel cell skin cancer for four years.
The National Cancer Institute describes Merkel cell skin cancer as a rare carcinoma which usually appears as a single painless lump on sun-exposed skin and tends to metastasize quickly.
Despite his illness, Buffett continued to perform throughout his treatment. His last show was a surprise appearance at a Mac McAnally concert in July.
Buffett was a cultural icon who helped to popularize the laid-back lifestyle of the Caribbean. His songs, such as "Margaritaville" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise," have become classics.
Buffett's death was mourned by celebrity admirers including fellow musicians (Paul McCartney, Elton John and Kenny Chesney) and U.S. presidents (Joe Biden and Bill Clinton).
In a statement, Buffett's family said he "passed away peacefully" and "lived his life like a song till the very last breath."
Buffett was a larger-than-life figure who will be remembered for his music, his laid-back lifestyle, and his commitment to helping others. His legacy will continue to inspire people for generations to come.