Steve Harwell dead at 56: Smash Mouth founder & lead singer dies after suffering liver failure & entering hospice care | The Sun

SMASH Mouth legend Steve Harwell has died at age 56 after receiving hospice care.

The rock and roll star died on Sunday morning at his home in Boise, Idaho, from liver failure, the band's manager revealed to TMZ.

Harwell died peacefully surrounded by his friends and family, the band's manager Robert Hayes told the outlet.

"Steve has been retired from Smash Mouth for two years now, and the band continues to tour with new vocalist Zach Goode," Hayes told Rolling Stone.

"That said, Steve's legacy will live on through the music. With Steve, Smash Mouth has sold over 10 Million albums worldwide-wide and topped the charts with two #1 hit singles, five Top 40 singles, three Hot 100 Singles, four Billboard 200 albums and a Grammy nomination not to mention the hundreds of films and television placements and of course those musical features in Shrek.

"Steve's iconic voice is one of the most recognizable voices from his generation," Smash Mouth's manager added.

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"He loved the fans and loved to perform. Steve Harwell was a true American Original.

"A larger than life character who shot up into the sky like a Roman candle.

"Steve should be remembered for his unwavering focus and impassioned determination to reach the heights of pop stardom.

"And the fact that he achieved this near-impossible goal with very limited musical experience makes his accomplishments all the more remarkable.

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"His only tools were his irrepressible charm and charisma, his fearlessly reckless ambition, and his king-size cajones.

"Steve lives a 100 percent full-throttle life. Burning brightly across the universe before burning out."


Harwell's death comes after TMZ reported the All Star singer had days to live after entering hospice care.

Hayes previously told the outlet that Harwell’s family had been saying their final goodbye following the tragic news.

He had been receiving treatment at the hospital before being admitted to hospice care.

The rock star had health issues stemming from alcohol abuse and battled liver failure.

In 2021, Harwell appeared to be disorientated, slurring his words during a live gig in Syracuse, New York.

Following the alarming moment, the singer announced his retirement from music, telling TMZ at the time: "Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of being a Rockstar performing in front of sold-out arenas and have been so fortunate to live out that dream.

"To my bandmates, it’s been an honor performing with you all these years, and I can’t think of anyone else I would have rather gone on this wild journey with."


Smash Mouth was behind huge hits in the early 2000s, such as All Star and I’m a Believer – a cover of the song made famous by The Monkees.

All Star was used in the opening of the classic movie Shrek.

Harwell co-founded the band in 1994, and they soared to the Billboard Top 10 twice, once with All Star and again with Walkin' On the Sun.

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Astro Lounge went triple platinum, and the band's biggest songs were also featured prominently in the first Shrek film.

Harwell also starred in the sixth season of the VH1 reality TV show The Surreal Life in 2006.

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