Steve Harwell, the longtime frontman of the Grammy-nominated pop rock band Smash Mouth has died. He was 56.
The band’s supervisor, Robert Hayes, mentioned Harwell “handed peacefully and comfortably” Monday morning surrounded by household and mates at his residence in Boise, Idaho. The reason for dying was acute liver failure, Hayes mentioned in a press release.
Smash Mouth was identified for hits together with “All star” and “Then the morning comes.”
“Steve Harwell was a true American Original. A larger than life character who shot up into the sky like a Roman candle,” Hayes said. “Steve should be remembered for his unwavering focus and impassioned determination to reach the heights of pop stardom.”
Born in California in 1967, Harwell carried out in a rap group known as F.O.S. (Freedom of Speech) earlier than forming Smash Mouth in 1994. The band launched two two platinum albums on Interscope Data, the ska-fueled 1997’s “Fush Yu Mang” and 1999’s “Astro Lounge.”
The second album featured among the band’s greatest hits, together with the Grammy-nominated, platinum single “All Star,” which appeared within the film “Shrek” alongside their cover of the Monkees’ “I’m a Believer.”
Humor was a driving power behind Smash Mouth’s success, and on the forefront was Harwell’s playful alt-rock voice and persona. He made a cameo in 2001 comedy movie “Rat Race,” and had a well-documented friendship with the Food Network chef and host Guy Fieri.
“His only tools were his irrepressible charm and charisma, his fearlessly reckless ambition, and his king-size cajones,” Hayes said. “Steve lived a 100% full-throttle life. Burning brightly across the universe before burning out.”
“He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him,” he mentioned.
Harwell left Smash Mouth in 2021 and the band continued to tour with Zach Goode because the singer. The band launched a press release on the time saying Harwell had been recognized with cardiomyopathy eight years earlier and had suffered “nonstop severe medical setbacks together with coronary heart failure in addition to acute Wernicke Encephalopathy.”
Hayes had launched a press release on Sunday saying Harwell was in hospice care.
Harwell shall be cremated in Boise and buried in San Jose, California, alongside his mom, Hayes mentioned.