"Margaritaville" singer-songwriter and restaurateur Jimmy Buffett died at 76. His website says, "Jimmy died peacefully on September 1st surrounded by family, friends, music, and pets.
His carefree, beach bum lifestyle inspired the creation of his Margaritaville food and beverage empire, which featured his famed tequila line and Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant chains.
In 2016, Forbes ranked Buffett 13th on its list of America's Wealthiest Celebrities, citing a $550 million fortune. Five years later, the same magazine dubbed Buffett a New Billionaire.
Buffett, born on Christmas Day 1946 in Pascagoula, Mississippi, loved sand and water because to his grandfather, a steamship captain, who taught him sailing.
The musician opened his first Margaritaville in Key West, Florida, in 1987, serving volcano nachos and margaritas.
Buffet didn't set out to be that successful, but he accepted the accolades for his business skills. The Washington Post quoted him: "I won't apologize for being a competent businessman.
Too many musicians have failed because they weren't. I'm a poor vocalist and guitarist. I ran the band years ago because nobody else could, and I was good at it. This has never had a great plan.
Unknown cause of Buffett's death. His wife, Jane, daughters Sarah and Savannah, and son Cameron survive him.