Three Network News Ledes on the Death of Jimmy Buffet

by William Walsh

“He spent four lonely days in a brown L.A. haze, and now Jimmy Buffet is dead.”

—Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News


“Jimmy Buffet—beloved  parrot-head singer-songwriter—has given up his search for that lost shaker of salt. He is dead, people.”

—Katie Couric, CBS Evening News


“He once grabbed my ass in Aspen at a party in 1982. But he won't be doing that ever again. Because he is dead. I am talking about Jimmy Buffet.”

—Diane Sawyer, ABC World News