Former Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell is getting end-of-life care amid liver failure.
“Steve is resting at residence at becoming cared for by his fiancé and hospice treatment,” a rep for Harwell tells Us Weekly. “We would hope that people would regard Steve and his family’s privacy during this complicated time.”
Harwell, 56, was the direct singer of Smash Mouth from 1994 to 2021. He retired due to a number of health situations in 2021. He’d been battling with a 2013 diagnosis of cardiomyopathy and acute Wernicke encephalopathy in addition to coronary heart failure.
“Steve has been working with very long-phrase health care concerns above the previous 8 yrs and throughout his final overall performance at the Major Sip phase, he suffered a lot of indicators right connected with his current clinical scenario,” his rep explained in an Oct 2021 statement just after Harwell was observed slurring his speech and swearing at the viewers throughout his closing efficiency in Bethel, New York. “Steve will be retiring from Smash Mouth to focus on his actual physical and mental wellness.”
Harwell thanked his fans and bandmates for their loyalty in a press launch adhering to his retirement. “I’ve tried using so challenging to electrical power by my bodily and psychological health difficulties and to participate in in front of you a single very last time, but I just wasn’t equipped to,” he claimed. “I am so grateful to just about every and just about every just one of you who has aided Smash Mouth sell more than 10 million albums around the world, set us on best of radio charts and individuals who have retained ‘All Star’ pertinent as 1 of the top memes on the net these days.”
He continued: “I cannot wait to see what Smash Mouth accomplishes up coming and am looking ahead to counting myself as a single of the band’s latest lovers.”
Zach Goode replaced Harwell as lead singer. The only primary member of the band continue to executing with the team is bassist Paul De Lisle.
“Whatever he experienced to do, his health was the most essential matter,” De Lisle informed Wide variety when speaking about Harwell’s departure in June 2022. “Steve retired. We moved on. It was unfortunate following so a lot of many years, but we did see it coming.”
Smash Mouth, fashioned in 1994, rose to fame in the late 1990s with hits this kind of as “Walkin’ on the Sun” and “All Star” and are also widely regarded for their cover of The Monkees’ “I’m a Believer” from the Shrek soundtrack.