Steve Harwell, the lead singer of the popular 90s pop punk band Smash Mouth, is reportedly in hospice care and only has about a week left to live.
According to a manager for the band, his family is “saying their goodbyes” as Harwell succumbs to liver failure, which was brought on by alcohol abuse that occurred “throughout his life.”
He’s [Harwell] reached the final stage of liver failure … for which he’d, up until recently, been receiving treatment at a hospital.
At this point, we’re told SH is in hospice at home … where his friends and loved ones have gathered over the past 3 days. Steve’s manager says he likely has only a week or so to live. [via TMZ]
Harwell served as the lead singer of the band Smash Mouth, which rose to prominence in the late 90s, from its inception in 1994 until 2021. In addition to Harwell, the band was founded by Kevin Coleman (drums), Greg Camp (guitar), and Paul De Lisle (bass).
Smash Mouth was known for their songs “Walkin’ on the Sun”, “Then The Morning Comes”, “All Star,” and “I’m A Believer”.
Over the course of their existence, Smash Mouth has released seven studio albums, with the most recent coming in 2012: Fush Yu Mang (1997), Astro Lounge (1999), Smash Mouth (2001), Get the Picture? (2003), The Gift of Rock (2005), Summer Girl (2006), and Magic (2012).
The latter two achieved particular cultural relevance, as they would both appear on the soundtrack for the 2001 animated film Shrek. “All Star” has actually remained a part of American pop culture due to its status as a meme.
Harwell, just 56 years old, last made headlines back in 2021 when he announced his retirement following a chaotic performance that saw him slurring his words and yelling at the crowd.
Our thoughts are with Harwell’s friends, family, former bandmates, fans, and various loved ones during this difficult time.