The family of Bob Graham celebrates the rollicking, meaningful life and career of Jimmy Buffett

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President Joe Biden also sent condolences to Buffett’s family.

Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, who popularized beach bum soft rock with the escapist Caribbean-flavored song “Margaritaville” and turned that celebration of loafing into a billion-dollar empire of restaurants, resorts and frozen concoctions, has died. He was 76.

“Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs,” a statement posted to Buffett’s official website and social media pages said late Friday. “He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many.”

While Buffett’s life and career are being remembered fondly by a chorus of Floridians — and Florida politicians — the musician’s passing struck especially hard with the family of former U.S. Senator and Governor Bob Graham, which released the following statement in honor of their friend.

The Graham family is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of our longtime family friend Jimmy Buffett.

Bob and Jimmy became friends nearly fifty years ago, a relationship borne out of a shared love for this wonderful state that we all call home, which started when Bob and Adele’s daughter Suzanne insisted they go to one of Jimmy’s concerts together.   

In 1981, Bob and Jimmy co-founded Save the Manatees, an organization whose mission has helped bring both awareness and change in the way Floridians share the waterways with these amazing creatures. They also teamed up to bring attention to the plight of the Everglades, as well as protecting the ocean and island waterways that are so crucial to the quality of life in Florida.  

The longer Bob and Jimmy worked together, the closer the friendship between our families grew. The Buffett family spent time with the Grahams in Tallahassee, and built a relationship that extended both to issues that Bob worked on in the United States Senate, as well as Gwen’s work in the United States House of Representatives. Jimmy’s impact on environmental issues in Florida can’t be understated.  

But more than anything, we are grateful to have spent so many years with a front-row seat to the magic that was Jimmy Buffett, the man who through his music and prose, brought together people from all corners of the globe.  When you listened to Jimmy, you were able to escape the challenges of the world, and be transported to a carefree world of joy and peace. 

To see Bob and Jimmy together over the years was to see two men who truly loved and respected eachother.  Jimmy’s family became part of our family, and with Jimmy’s passing, we have lost one of our own.  

Now that Jimmy has passed that great wild meridian one last time, the entire Graham Family extends our condolences to Jimmy’s wife Jane, their children, Savannah, Sarah, and Cameron, all of their family, and to the legions of Parrotheads who loved Jimmy as much as we did.

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises Media and is the publisher of, INFLUENCE Magazine, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Previous to his publishing efforts, Peter was a political consultant to dozens of congressional and state campaigns, as well as several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella. Follow Peter on Twitter @PeterSchorschFL.


  • JD

    September 2, 2023 at 8:02 pm

    Well said.

  • Sonja Fitch

    September 3, 2023 at 4:17 am

    Omg I miss the politicians that were for the Common Good! Senator/Governor Bob Graham taught by his actions that we are all in this Together! Thank you Senator Graham!
    Even sadder was to watch the bs of Rick Scott! Scott is not and never has been a politician for the common good!
    Desantis you are a fail and loser ! Get out Desantis!

  • Linda

    September 3, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Jimmy Buffett’s passing. I loved his music but more than that I loved him for co-founding, with Sen. Graham, Save the Manatee of which I am a longtime supporter. I am not from Fla but have been sponsoring a manatee named Paddy Doyle for 16 years, Thank you, Jimmy and may you rest in peace!

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