Jimmy Buffett and Jane Slagsvol were married from 1977 until his death in 2023
While Jimmy Buffett may have been known for his laid-back, tropical lifestyle, he was also a family man.
The "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere" singer was married to his wife, Jane Slagsvol, from 1977 until his death on Sept. 1, 2023, at age 76. A statement on his social media and website confirmed Buffet died with his family and friends around him.
“Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs," the statement read. "He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many."
Buffet and Slagsvol met in Key West, Florida, when Slagsvol was visiting the island for her college spring break. At the time, Buffet had just moved to Key West from Nashville after giving country music a try and had recently divorced his first wife, Margie Washichek; he formed the Coral Reefer Band in 1975 and was just beginning to develop his signature Caribbean rock genre.
In addition to sharing three children with the late singer, Slagsvol was also by Buffett's side as he has built his Margaritaville empire. While the couple were very private when it came to their relationship, Slagsvol accompanied her husband to several red carpet events over the years, including various Margaritaville grand openings.
So, who is Jimmy Buffett’s wife? Here's everything to know about Jane Slagsvol.
She met Buffett during spring break
Buffett and Slagsvol met in Key West, Florida, in the early '70s. Slagsvol was a student at the University of South Carolina and had gone to the popular vacation destination for her spring break. She met Buffett at the Chart Room bar, and they had an immediate connection.
The singer told TIME magazine in 1998 that the next time he saw her, she was “wearing a tight, long pink dress that made a lasting impression on me.” They moved in together shortly after and got married in 1977.
She helped improve the Coral Reefer Band's look
According to the biography Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All The Way, Buffett credited Slagsvol for cleaning up his band's "grungy look."
She helped introduce a level of professionalism to the Coral Reefer Band by changing up their clothing — getting rid of their Levi jeans with holes, shirts without collars etc. — and making sure they looked "important" before heading out for a tour.
She and Buffett briefly split up
Buffet and Slagsvol briefly split in the early '80s. According to TIME, Slagsvol left five years into their marriage because the partying lifestyle had become too much for her, and she needed a change.
"I’d been with Jimmy since I was a child, through the craziest times, and I didn’t have a clue who I was,” Slagsvol told the outlet. “So I left. I got sober.”
The couple reunited in 1991 and were inseparable ever since.
She’s a mom of three
Buffett and Slagsvol share three kids.
Their eldest daughter, Savannah, was born on June 1, 1979, not long after the couple got married. They welcomed their second daughter together, Sarah, after their reconciliation on April 1, 1992. They then adopted their son, Cameron, who was born in 1994.
She was constantly on the move with Buffett
Buffett and his family were always on the move, as the star owned several homes across the U.S. According to the New York Times, Buffett had homes in Palm Beach, St. Barts, Los Angeles, Waikiki and New York City.
His and Slagsvol's eldest daughter Savannah also wrote on her website that she “had a passport before she could walk, traveling the world with her parents.” Not only did the family go on tour together, but Savannah’s bio said they also lived in N.Y.C., Nashville, Malibu, Aspen and St. Barts.
She inspired some of Buffett’s music
It’s no surprise that Buffett had written at least one song for his wife. According to the biography Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All The Way, his 1978 hit song “Come Monday” was written for Slagsvol while he was in L.A. on tour and she was back in Key West.
Buffett found himself missing her and wrote the song about that feeling. It includes lyrics like, “Come Monday, it’ll be alright / Come Monday, I’ll be holding you tight / I spent four lonely days in brown L.A. haze /And I just want you back by my side.” Slagsvol also appeared in the music video.
She was supportive of Buffett's career
Although Slagsvol prefers to maintain a low profile, she has accompanied her husband to several red carpet events in support of his career and his growing Margaritaville empire.
In March 2018, the couple attended the opening night of the musical Escape To Margaritaville along with their granddaughter Delaney Buffett.
Buffett and Slagsvol also stepped out for the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, where Slagsvol stunned in a sparkly floor-length dress, and Buffett wore a dark green suit jacket.
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