'All Star' singer Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth passes away at 56

15:47 04.09.2023

Steve Harwell, the charismatic frontman of the Grammy-nominated pop-rock band Smash Mouth, has tragically passed away at the age of 56. The band's manager, Robert Hayes, confirmed that Harwell died peacefully at his home in Boise, Idaho, surrounded by loved ones on Monday morning. The cause of death was acute liver failure, according to a statement released by Hayes. The news of Harwell's death has left fans and the music industry in shock and mourning.

Born in California in 1967, Harwell's musical journey began with his involvement in a rap group called F.O.S. (Freedom of Speech) before he went on to form Smash Mouth in 1994. The band rose to fame with their ska-infused sound and released two platinum albums on Interscope Records: 1997's "Fush Yu Mang" and 1999's "Astro Lounge." It was the latter album that catapulted Smash Mouth to international stardom, featuring iconic hits such as the Grammy-nominated, platinum single "All Star." The song gained even more popularity when it was featured in the animated movie "Shrek," along with their cover of The Monkees' classic, "I'm a Believer."

Humor played a significant role in Smash Mouth's success, with Harwell's playful alt-rock voice and persona capturing the hearts of fans worldwide. His larger-than-life personality was often on display, as he made a cameo appearance in the 2001 comedy film Rat Race and shared a well-documented friendship with renowned Food Network chef and host, Guy Fieri. Harwell's irrepressible charm and charisma endeared him to fans, making him a beloved figure in the music industry.

Despite his remarkable success, Harwell faced personal challenges in recent years. He left Smash Mouth in 2021, citing health issues, including cardiomyopathy and acute Wernicke Encephalopathy. The band continued to tour with Zach Goode as the lead singer. Harwell's health struggles were known to fans, and his departure from the band left a void in the music world.

Hayes, in a heartfelt statement, described Harwell as a "true American Original" and highlighted his unwavering determination to achieve pop stardom. He emphasized Harwell's full-throttle approach to life and the lasting impact he made on those who knew and loved him. Hayes also shared that Harwell will be cremated in Boise and laid to rest alongside his mother in San Jose, California.

Smash Mouth's music continues to resonate with audiences, with their hits garnering hundreds of millions of streams. All Star alone has close to a billion streams on Spotify, solidifying Harwell's legacy as a talented musician and entertainer. The band's infectious sound and Harwell's unforgettable voice will forever be associated with the song's recognizable opening lines.

As the news of Steve Harwell's passing spreads, tributes and condolences from fans, fellow musicians, and industry professionals pour in, celebrating his contributions to music and mourning the loss of a true icon. The music world has truly lost a larger-than-life figure, but Steve Harwell's legacy will continue to shine brightly through his timeless music and unforgettable performances.

/ Monday, September 4, 2023, 3:47 PM /

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