President Joe Biden, Elton John and More Pay Tribute to Jimmy Buffett

Musicians, actors, politicians and other public figures are taking to social media to pay tribute to the late musician Jimmy Buffett, who died on Friday. The “Margaritaville” and “It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere” singer was 76.

President Joe Biden released an official White House statement on the passing of the music industry icon. He wrote, “A poet of paradise, Jimmy Buffett was an American music icon who inspired generations to step back and find the joy in life and in one another.”

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He continued, “His witty, wistful songs celebrate a uniquely American cast of characters and seaside folkways, weaving together an unforgettable musical mix of country, folk, rock, pop, and calypso into something uniquely his own.”

Fellow singer-songwriter Elton John shared on his Instagram story, “Jimmy Buffet was a unique and treasured entertainer. His fans adored him and he never let them down. This is the saddest of news. A lovely man gone way too soon. Condolences to Jane and the family from David and me.”

Former president Bill Clinton wrote on X (formerly Twitter), “Jimmy Buffett’s music brought happiness to millions of people. I’ll always be grateful for his kindness, generosity, and great performances through the years, including at the White House in 2000. My thoughts are with his family, friends and legion of devoted fans.”

Television presenter Andy Cohen wrote on X, “The king of cool…paradise was wherever Jimmy Buffett was.”

Buffett was also a Miami Heat season ticket holder. The team honored the dedicated fan by writing, “We are saddened to learn of the passing of long-time Season Ticket Member and friend, Jimmy Buffett. Jimmy knew well the power that music and sports has of bringing people together. #HEATNation joins all Parrot Heads in honoring Jimmy’s incredible spirit and love of life.”

Actor Miles Teller honored Buffett by quoting the musician: “‘I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.’ – the legend Jimmy Buffett.”

Read tributes below.

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