Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell has 'just days to live' as he receives hospice care

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By Kim Novak

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Steve Harwell, singer for the band Smash Mouth, is being given hospice care after being given "only a week or so to live".

The 56-year-old lead vocalist had been receiving treatment for complications with his liver in hospital, however, his manager has confirmed that he is now "resting at home and being cared for by his fiancée and hospice care".

The iconic performer's manager confirmed the sad news that Harwell only had a "short time" left to live, asking for privacy for the family.

TMZ had first reported the news, claiming that Harwell had "reached the final stage of liver failure" due to alcohol abuse throughout his life.

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The 56-year-old star has been given just days to live. Credit: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images

Harwell had retired from Smash Mouth in October 2021 following a performance at The Big Sip beer and wine festival in New York, where he was reportedly heard slurring.

The singer's manager Robert Hayes told The Independent in a statement: "Steve’s iconic voice is one of the most recognizable voices from his generation. Steve loved the fans and loved to perform.

"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."

Smash Mouth got together in 1994 and were best known for their song 'All Star', which was released in 1999 and reached number one in the US.

It got renewed attention in 2001 after being featured in the films Shrek and Rat Race, opening the band up to a new legion of fans and remaining as one of the most-streamed rock song in America between 2017 and 2021.

Harwell had performed the song in Rat Race alongside the cast, including Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jon Lovitz.

Smash Mouth also recorded a cover version of The Monkees' song 'I'm A Believer' for the Shrek soundtrack, as well as 'All Star' being featured in the movie.

The band were also known for other tracks including 1997's 'Walkin' On The Sun' and 1998's 'Can't Get Enough Of You Baby'.

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Harwell had retired from the band in 2021. Credit: Steve Jennings/WireImage

Harwell had been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 2013, when the heart muscle becomes enlarged and weak, as well as an acute neurological condition called Wernicke encephalopathy.

He had also previously suffered heart failure, leading to Smash Mouth having to postpone numerous shows in 2017 so he could get treatment.

Hayes added in his statement: "Even though Steve has not been with Smash Mouth for two years now, and the band continues to tour with new vocalist Zach Goode, his legacy will live on through the music.

"With Steve, Smash Mouth has sold over 10m albums worldwide and topped the charts with two No 1 hit singles, five Top 40 singles, three Hot 100 singles, four Billboard 200 albums and a Grammy nomination."

Well-wishes were shared online after the news broke, with singer Bret Michaels writing on Twitter: "All my thoughts, prayers and well wishes are with my friend Steve Harwell. I knew you’re a fighter, keep fighting my brother."

Featured image credit: Gary Miller/Getty Images

Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell has 'just days to live' as he receives hospice care

vt-author-image

By Kim Novak

Article saved!Article saved!

Steve Harwell, singer for the band Smash Mouth, is being given hospice care after being given "only a week or so to live".

The 56-year-old lead vocalist had been receiving treatment for complications with his liver in hospital, however, his manager has confirmed that he is now "resting at home and being cared for by his fiancée and hospice care".

The iconic performer's manager confirmed the sad news that Harwell only had a "short time" left to live, asking for privacy for the family.

TMZ had first reported the news, claiming that Harwell had "reached the final stage of liver failure" due to alcohol abuse throughout his life.

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The 56-year-old star has been given just days to live. Credit: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images

Harwell had retired from Smash Mouth in October 2021 following a performance at The Big Sip beer and wine festival in New York, where he was reportedly heard slurring.

The singer's manager Robert Hayes told The Independent in a statement: "Steve’s iconic voice is one of the most recognizable voices from his generation. Steve loved the fans and loved to perform.

"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."

Smash Mouth got together in 1994 and were best known for their song 'All Star', which was released in 1999 and reached number one in the US.

It got renewed attention in 2001 after being featured in the films Shrek and Rat Race, opening the band up to a new legion of fans and remaining as one of the most-streamed rock song in America between 2017 and 2021.

Harwell had performed the song in Rat Race alongside the cast, including Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jon Lovitz.

Smash Mouth also recorded a cover version of The Monkees' song 'I'm A Believer' for the Shrek soundtrack, as well as 'All Star' being featured in the movie.

The band were also known for other tracks including 1997's 'Walkin' On The Sun' and 1998's 'Can't Get Enough Of You Baby'.

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Harwell had retired from the band in 2021. Credit: Steve Jennings/WireImage

Harwell had been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 2013, when the heart muscle becomes enlarged and weak, as well as an acute neurological condition called Wernicke encephalopathy.

He had also previously suffered heart failure, leading to Smash Mouth having to postpone numerous shows in 2017 so he could get treatment.

Hayes added in his statement: "Even though Steve has not been with Smash Mouth for two years now, and the band continues to tour with new vocalist Zach Goode, his legacy will live on through the music.

"With Steve, Smash Mouth has sold over 10m albums worldwide and topped the charts with two No 1 hit singles, five Top 40 singles, three Hot 100 singles, four Billboard 200 albums and a Grammy nomination."

Well-wishes were shared online after the news broke, with singer Bret Michaels writing on Twitter: "All my thoughts, prayers and well wishes are with my friend Steve Harwell. I knew you’re a fighter, keep fighting my brother."

Featured image credit: Gary Miller/Getty Images