Jimmy Buffett Falls Off Stage: 5 Offbeat Facts About the 'Margaritaville' Singer
It seems Buffett may have been temporarily blinded by a flash of light during the show's finale, causing him to lose his footing and fall off the edge of the stage. He was reportedly unconscious for several minutes, but is currently in stable condition at a Sydney hospital.
Surge Desk hopes Jimmy is back on his feet soon. In the meantime, we've rounded up five little-known facts about the ubiquitous tropical crooner.
1. He's written children's books
Buffett is known for being one of the only authors to top the New York Times best-seller list in both fiction and nonfiction, but there's another genre in which he excels. Buffett collaborated with his daughter Savannah on two well-received kids' titles, "The Jolly Mon" and "Trouble Dolls." The father-daughter duo also recorded an audio version of "The Jolly Mon."
2. He was a music journalist
After moving to Nashville in 1969, Buffett worked as a writer for Billboard magazine. He quit the next year when he landed a record contract.
3. His words mark a road in northern India
In the Ladakh region of northern India, a road-building operation called Project Himank is responsible for maintaining transport lines through some of the toughest terrain on earth. Project personnel have marked their roads with bright yellow signs featuring slogans and quotes from notable people, including a Buffett wise remark: "Without geography, you're nowhere."
4. He and Bono almost got killed in Jamaica
Buffett traveled to Jamaica in 1996 with Bono and his family, where they planned to vacation. When their private plane landed in Negril, it was met with a hail of gunfire: local police had gotten a tip that a plane carrying drugs would be landing that day. Luckily, no one was hurt.
5. He's got a long and varied history with drugs
Although he and Bono weren't smuggling drugs to Jamaica during their holiday, Buffett was busted by French police in 2006 when customs officials found 100 Ecstasy pills in his luggage. In a 1976 interview with High Times magazine, Buffett spoke openly about his marijuana use: "I don't get stoned before shows," he said, "but afterwards, I get real high." He added that his favorite type of pot is "good Colombian, when you can get it."
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