Not long after it was revealed that he had only days to live, Smash Mouth’s former frontman Steve Harwell has passed away.
The news was announced by representative, Robert Hayes on 4 September, stating “Steve Harwell passed away this morning September 4, 2023 at his home in Boise Idaho. He was surrounded by family and friends and passed peacefully and comfortably.”
Harwell was previously in hospice care at home, being cared for by his fiancée, after it was revealed that he was at the end stage of his liver failure.
Born in 1967, Steven Scott Harwell founded Smash Mouth in 1994, with the band founding fame through hit songs like “Walkin’ on the Sun,” “All Star” and a cover of The Monkees’ 1966 song “I’m a Believer”.
Married and later divorced from Michelle Laroque, Harwell’s son Presley Scott Harwell died at the age of six months of complications from acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2001.
Following health concerns, Harwell retired from Smash Mouth in 2021, writing, “To our loyal and amazing fans, thank you, all of this was possible because of you. I’ve tried so hard to power through my physical and mental health issues, and to play in front of you one last time, but I just wasn’t able to. I am so grateful to each and every one of you who has helped Smash Mouth sell over 10 million albums worldwide, put us on top of radio charts and those who have kept All Star relevant as one of the top memes on the internet today.”