Jimmy Buffett is being celebrated by his wife Jane Slagsvol.
The singer-songwriter’s spouse of 45 years shared a touching tribute Saturday, following his death on Sept. 1 aged 76.
“As Jimmy said a few months ago, ‘growing old is not for sissies,’ ” Slagsvol wrote on Buffett’s website and social media alongside a photo of the couple together. “These last few years have been unimaginably challenging for Jimmy and me, and we’re definitely not sissies.”
“One thing we both knew and experienced, through every difficult moment, was the feeling of being buoyed up by all the people in our lives,” she added. “Everywhere we went, at arenas, at events, and even in the hospitals, we were surrounded by love. There is a whole world of people I want to thank for the incredible kindness you showed us.”
“Since those early days and all through the decades, Jimmy’s fans became a big, boisterous family,” she continued.
Slagsvol went on to thank Buffett’s medical team for their “compassion” during his treatment for Merkel skin cancer, noting that they “gave him hope, even at the most hopeless moments” while treating him “at each stage of his illness.”