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I ask because coincidence and irony are words people often mix up.
Simply put, coincidence means the act or condition of coinciding.
On the other hand, irony means using words to express something different from, and often opposite to, their literal meaning.
An artist named Art is… coincidental.
That someone named the fear of long words with a long word, in this case, hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is… ironic.
Within weeks before and after Jimmy Buffett’s death, several other great musicians, including Gary Wright (Dreamweaver), Steve Harwell (Smashmouth), Jack Sonni (Dire Straits), Robbie Robertson (The Band), Sinéad O’Connor (Nothing Compares 2 U), Astrud Gilberto (The Girl from Ipanema), Tina Turner (you already know!), and more died as well.
Sad as they are, the timing of those deaths is a coincidence.
There is no reason why the dates of those people’s passings were close to each other on the calendar other than they were close to each other on the calendar.
Throughout his career, Jimmy Buffett extolled the virtues of song, suds, sea, and sun.
In Margaritaville, he sang: “Nibblin’ on sponge cake, watchin’ the sun bake.”
In Cheeseburger in Paradise, he sang about “Drinkin’ lots of carrot juice and soakin’ up rays.”
In One Particular Harbour, he sang, “But now I think about the good times, down in the Caribbean sunshine.”
One of Buffett’s songs was even titled Island in the Sun.
Was Jimmy Buffett’s Death Coincidental or Ironic?
Jimmy Buffett’s death was due to a rare skin cancer known as Merkel Cell Carcinoma, believed to be caused by sun exposure.
CNN says, “Merkel Cell Carcinoma typically shows up in areas that are often exposed to the sun.”
In his version of Stars Fell on Alabama, Jimmy Buffett described Mobile, Alabama, as “my hometown.” Following in Buffett’s footsteps, my friend and running partner, Dr. Kristin Haushalter, moved her family and her dermatology practice from Alabama to Miami.
Although Kristin loves our running group and her new hometown, she doesn’t like the number of people who come to her office with advanced skin cancer.
Especially because skin cancer is mostly preventable.
When she asked why her patients hadn’t worn sunscreen or covered up, they commonly answered, “Sunblock is sticky,” “UV protective clothing is ugly,” or “I forgot to put it on.”
Dr. Haushalter had a brainstorm. Instead of scolding her patients, she and her partner created BelaSol. As she says, “We design flattering, functional, comfortable, sexy, and safe clothes to protect against UV damage. Our customers enjoy the sun in style without worrying about harmful rays.”
The American Cancer Society says if caught early, the chance of living at least five years after diagnosis is over 75%. But if the cancer has spread, the likelihood of five-year survival drops below 25%.
Because it’s easier to stay out of trouble than get out of trouble, blocking the sun’s rays in the first place is preferable to removing skin cancers after they take hold.
If Jimmy Buffett had done that, perhaps he’d still be with us, enjoying his life and making us smile.
In his song Volcano, Buffett sang, “I don’t want to land on no Three Mile Island; don’t want to see my skin a-glow.”
Sadly, THAT’S ironic.