Jimmy Buffett Hospitalized For Medical Issue That Needed ‘Immediate Attention,’ Postpones Concert

Musician Jimmy Buffett performs onstage at Jimmy Buffett & Friends: Live from the Gulf Coast, a concert presented by CMT at on the beach on July 11, 2010 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

Superstar Jimmy Buffett definitely got everyone’s attention when he announced he had to cancel his concert this weekend in Charleston, South Carolina, after being hospitalized for an issue that required “immediate attention” without sharing further details.

The 76-year-old singer posted a message on his website about overcoming “challenges” in one’s life, before explaining that he was going to have to postpone his concert due to an unnamed medical issue.

“I had a sudden change of plans this week that affected us all,” Buffett’s message read. “Two days ago, I was just back from a trip to the Bahamas, thawing out from the California ‘winter tour,’ and chomping at the bit to get to Charleston.”

“I had to stop in Boston for a check-up but wound up back in the hospital to address some issues that needed immediate attention,” he added. “Growing old is not for sissies, I promise you.”

“You all make my life more meaningful and fulfilled than I would have ever imagined as a toe headed little boy sitting on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico,” the Buffett message concluded. “Thank you for your prayers and thoughts, your amazing years of loyalty, and just remember, ‘NOT YET!'”

At the top of the page a message read, “The Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band concert at Credit One Stadium in Charleston, scheduled for this Saturday May 20th, is being rescheduled.”

“All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date once announced,” it added. “More information will be emailed to ticket purchasers directly.”

At the time of this publication, there was no information as to the new date and no other upcoming concerts are listed on his website.


Last September, the “Margaritaville” hitmaker’s tour released a statement that Buffett would stop touring for the rest of the year to deal with “health issues” following a “brief hospitalization,” Fox News noted.

“On doctor’s orders, he must take this time to recuperate and heal,” the statement read. “Jimmy looks forward to getting back on stage next year.”

His “Second Wind” tour kicked off in March and was set to run through May.

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