BOISE, Idaho (WTVO) — Steve Harwell, the former singer of the rock band Smash Mouth, has died, according to Rolling Stone.
“Steve Harwell was a true American Original. A larger than life character who shot up into the sky like a Roman candle,” manager Robert Hayes said in a statement. “Steve should be remembered for his unwavering focus and impassioned determination to reach the heights of pop stardom. And the fact that he achieved this near-impossible goal with very limited musical experience makes his accomplishments all the more remarkable. His only tools were his irrepressible charm and charisma, his fearlessly reckless ambition, and his king-size cajones.”
The 56-year-old “All Star” and “I’m a Believer” singer was recently treated in a hospital for end-stage liver failure, brought on by a lifelong struggle with alcohol abuse.
Harwell announced his retirement after appearing disoriented at a live performance in 2021.
“Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of being a Rockstar performing in front of sold-out arenas and 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 said.
“Steve lived a 100% full-throttle life. Burning brightly across the universe before burning out,” Hayes said. “Good night Heevo Veev. Rest in peace knowing you aimed for the stars, and magically hit your target.”