Jimmy Buffett died after a 4-year fight with a rare skin cancer

SAG HARBOR, N.Y. — Jimmy Buffett, whose sun-drenched songs celebrated life by the shore, died of a uncommon, aggressive pores and skin most cancers, in accordance with an announcement on his web site.

Buffett, 76, had Merkel cell most cancers, in accordance with the assertion, which was posted after preliminary information of his demise emerged Saturday. The assertion additionally disclosed the place the “Margaritaville” singer died: at his dwelling in Sag Harbor, New York, close to the Hamptons.

He had been combating the most cancers for 4 years whereas persevering with to carry out, the final time making a shock look in Rhode Island in early July, the assertion mentioned.

Merkel cell carcinoma, because it’s recognized in medical literature, could be very uncommon and tends to unfold rapidly, together with to elements of the physique past the pores and skin, in accordance with the federal Nationwide Most cancers Institute and the Mayo Clinic. Threat components embody quite a lot of solar publicity, a weakened immune system, a historical past of different cancers, and being light-skinned and over 50.

Buffett conjured an easygoing, sand-between-the-toes way of life in songs akin to “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Adjustments in Latitudes, Adjustments in Attitudes” and “Margaritaville.” He constructed the latter right into a model that encompassed eating places, clothes, casinos and extra.