Official Statement by President Joe Biden on the Passing of Jimmy Buffett
A true bard of paradise, Jimmy Buffett stood as an iconic figure in American music, inspiring generations to step back and discover the joy in life and in each other.
His clever and nostalgic songs celebrated a distinctive American tapestry of characters and coastal traditions, weaving together an unforgettable musical fusion of country, folk, rock, pop, and calypso, crafting a style uniquely his own.
Through our years of acquaintance with Jimmy, we found him to be just as he appeared on stage – radiating goodwill and happiness, employing his exceptional talent to unite people.
With over five decades of crafting more than 50 studio and live albums, along with countless performances for his devoted Parrot Head following worldwide, Jimmy consistently reminded us of the profound importance of life's simple pleasures – the bonds we share with loved ones, our roots, and the dreams that await us on the horizon.
In addition to being a two-time Grammy nominee and recipient of numerous country music accolades, he was also a bestselling author, an astute entrepreneur, a skilled pilot, and a devoted conservationist, tirelessly advocating for the protection of the waters and Gulf Coast that held a special place in his heart.
Jill and I extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife of 46 years, Jane, their children - Savannah, Sarah, and Cameron, as well as their grandchildren. We also share our condolences with the countless fans who will continue to cherish him, even as his vessel embarks on a new voyage to uncharted shores.