Update: We have a cause of death. Sadly it appears that. Jimmy Buffett has died of “Merkel Cell” skin cancer.
"Merkel Cell"? What does it mean?
From MayoClinic.org and cancer.gov:
Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare type of skin cancer that usually appears as a flesh-colored or bluish-red nodule, often on your face, head or neck. Merkel cell carcinoma is also called neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin. It most often develops in older people. Long-term sun exposure or a weak immune system may increase your risk of developing Merkel cell carcinoma. Merkel cell carcinoma tends to grow fast and to spread quickly to other parts of your body. Treatment options for Merkel cell carcinoma often depend on whether the cancer has spread beyond the skin.
The first sign of Merkel cell carcinoma is usually a fast-growing, painless nodule (tumor) on your skin. The nodule may be skin-colored or may appear in shades of red, blue or purple. Most Merkel cell carcinomas appear on the face, head or neck, but they can develop anywhere on your body, even on areas not exposed to sunlight.
It's not clear what causes Merkel cell carcinoma. Merkel cell carcinoma begins in the Merkel cells. Merkel cells are found at the base of the outermost layer of your skin (epidermis). Merkel cells are connected to the nerve endings in the skin that are responsible for the sense of touch.
Researchers recently discovered that a common virus plays a role in causing most cases of Merkel cell carcinoma. The virus (Merkel cell polyomavirus) lives on the skin and doesn't cause any signs or symptoms. Just how this virus causes Merkel cell carcinoma has yet to be determined. Given that the virus is very common and Merkel cell carcinoma is very rare, it's likely that other risk factors play a role in the development of this cancer.
Merkel cell carcinoma is the second most common cause of skin cancer death after melanoma.
Last Edit: Sept 3, 2023 11:47:39 GMT -5 by 1finemrg
Paul Grein, the original creator of Billboard's chartbeat in 1981, returns one more time to analyze the entire top 10 spots from July 30, 1977, when Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett’s biggest hit) was at no. 8 for the second week. www.billboard.com/lists/jimmy-buffett-margaritaville-top-10-july-1977-hot-100/ Why analyze the 2nd, and not the first week of the song at no. 8 for weekending July 23, 1977? I assume that's a special date for the ex-Billboard chart editor. On p. 78 under ‘Executive Turntable’ column for the July 30 issue, there’s a short sentence telling us of Mr. Grein’s new employment for Billboard, joining the editorial staff!