The entertainment industry has been rocked by the news of Jimmy Buffett’s untimely death, which occurred last week due to skin cancer.
Buffett, 76, had been “battling Merkel Cell Skin Cancer for four years,” according to his website’s official obituary.
Buffett “continued to perform during treatment,” according to his obituary, “playing his last show, a surprise appearance in Rhode Island, in early July.”
According to the National Cancer Institute, Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells grow in the skin.
The website also mentions that “sun exposure and having a weak immune system can affect the risk of Merkel cell carcinoma.”
On September 1, the legendary ‘Margaritaville’ guitarist died at his home in Sag Harbor, Long Island. He was 76 years old at the time.
He died peacefully surrounded by his family, friends, music, and beloved pets, according to a statement posted on his website and social media sites. “He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many,” the statement said.
He was survived by his 46-year-old wife, Jane Slagsvol, and his three daughters, Savannah, Sarah, and Cameron.
Now, country musician Keith Urban has paid tribute to the great, honoring Buffett while performing at Etess Arena in Atlantic City, New Jersey during Hard Rock Live.
He turned to social media to share a short video of the performance, labeling it “For Jimmy, last night in Atlantic City.”