The man behind the mic of the iconic track “All Star” is gone too soon.
The former lead singer for Smash Mouth, Steve Harwell, died at 56.
The band released a statement this morning, confirming his passing.
“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. His only tools were his irrepressible charm and charisma, his fearlessly reckless ambition, and his king-size cajones.
Steve lived a 100% full-throttle life.
Burning brightly across the universe before burning out.
Good night Heevo Veev.
Rest in peace knowing you aimed for the stars, and magically hit your target.”
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On Sunday, the New York Post reported that Harwell had entered hospice care due to his liver failure. According to his manager, he only had days left when he entered hospice care.
“Although Steve is here with us still, sadly it will only be for a short time. My only additional comment is that we would hope that people would respect Steve and his family’s privacy during this difficult time.”
Said Robert Hayes, his manager.
Harwell struggled with his addiction to alcohol for years, which led to his retirement from the band.
“Even though Steve has not been with Smash Mouth for 2 years now, and the band continues to tour with new vocalist Zach Goode his legacy will live on through the music.”
Harwell passed peacefully surrounded by loved ones in his Boise, Idaho, home.
Formed in San Jose, California, in 1994, Smash Mouth was responsible for ’90s bangers like “All Star,” “Walking On The Sun,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends” and more, as well as “I’m A Believer,” from the hit movie Shrek.