America’s most esteemed lead vocalist, Steve Harwell, with his iconic rock band Smash Mouth, has built a prolific musical career spanning more than a decade. His band gained a devoted fan base during the 1990s and produced infectious collections of rock albums that once ruled the musical landscape of that era. Harwell made headlines in 2021 when he announced his retirement from music. As of now, the latest report lined up indicates that the Smash Mouth star is in dire straits, and there is only a grim outlook for his survival.

Former Smash Mouth forefront Steve Harwell on deathbed

Steve Harwell
Steve Harwell

In August 2016, in an unusual video clip, the rock star Steve Harwell was seen collapsing during a stage performance. He was then hospitalized and was undergoing treatment for critical heart disease. Consequently, he had to postpone several performances due to his health. The vintage musical legend later made headlines, announcing his retirement from the musical industry in 2021. Soon after his departure, he chose to maintain a low profile and remain inactive in the industry.

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And now the latest reports confirm that Harwell is purportedly near death, according to his representative, who stressed, “[Harwell] is on his deathbed with only a few days to live. He is surrounded by family and friends. We hope that people respect Steve and his family’s privacy during this difficult time”. Harwell was allegedly in the final stage of liver failure after being diagnosed with cardiomyopathy (a condition affecting the heart’s ability to pump blood) a decade ago. Additionally, the singer was also dealing with acute Wernicke’s Encephalopathy affected his mental abilities, like his speech and memory, and he had also previously been troubled with alcohol abuse.

Steve Harwell’s emotional farewell to Smash Mouth amid his illness

Steve Harwell performing with Smash Mouth Band
Steve Harwell in a live performance

The source who claimed to be the manager of Harwell shared that his past excessive alcohol addiction has taken an intense physical toll.  After announcing his retirement in 2021, he issued a statement about his time spent with his bandmates,

“Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of being a rock star performing in front of sold-out arenas, and I 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.”

He gleefully thanked his co-mates for being with him for the past decade and ended the note by expressing his last word with them with a sense of sadness and uncertainty about his future, wondering if he was able to return to the stage and perform his last music with the world again. “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.”

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Steve Harwell from rapper to Smash Mouth icon

Smash Mouth Band
Steve Harwell with Smash Mouth Band

Harwell initially began his musical career as a rapper in F.O.S. And later he and a group of friends, including Kevin Coleman and Paul De Lise, formed the iconic band Smash Mouth in 1994. Harwell, being at the forefront,  was popularly known for his distinctive voice and energetic stage presence, which resonated with pop culture fans and contributed to the success of Smash Mouth.

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The band gained widespread attention in the 2000s by producing hits like All-Star, which particularly became the anthem of that time and was prominently featured in the animated film Shrek. Harwell also made a cinematic appearance as a cameo in the television show 2001’s Rat Race. 

Smash Mouth continued to release albums and singles throughout the late 90s and 2000s with songs like I’m a Believer, Morning Comes, Can’t Get Enough of You, Baby, and the most popular Walking on the Sun. Due to his alleged retirement, the lead role of Smash Mouth was taken by singer Zach Goode.

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