Originally appeared on H! Connected
Steve Harwell, the retired lead singer of rock band Smashmouth, is receiving hospice care after a long health battle.
His rep, Robert Hayes, told E! News in a Sept. 3 statement. “While Steve is still here with us, unfortunately he will only be for a short time. We hope people will respect the privacy of Steve and his family during this difficult time.”
Entertainment Weekly quoted a representative of the band as saying Harwell had come home with only a week or so left to live, adding that over the past three days, his loved ones had gathered to be with him.
Harwell co-founded Smash Mouth in 1994 and the group rose to the international level fame With hits like “All Star” and “Walkin’ on the Sun” and a cover of the Monkees’ “I’m a Believer” which was featured in the 2001 animated movie Shrek.
His rep told E! Steve’s “distinctive voice is one of the most iconic of his generation”. News. “Steve loved the crowd and loved the performance.”
Over the past decade, Harwell has suffered from heart and nervous system conditions. The singer retired in October 2021 to focus on his health after he displayed disturbing behavior while performing with Smash Mouth in Bethel, New York.
Band’s rep said Los Angeles Times At the time the singer left the band to focus on long-term medical issues, adding: “Despite Steve’s best efforts to overcome these ailments, he is heartbroken when he tells us that it has become impossible for him to continue doing what he loves most, which is performing.” In front of millions of the band’s fans around the world.
The rep also told the newspaper that Harwell “suffered severely over the years from several addictions that led to medical and mental problems,” including cardiomyopathy and Wernicke’s encephalopathy, a neurological condition that “significantly affected his motor functions including speech and visual impairment.” “. memory.”
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Harwell added in a statement at the time: “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve dreamed of being a rock star performing in front of sold out arenas and I’ve been so lucky to be living that dream. And for my bandmates, it’s been an honor to perform with you all these years.” And I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather go with on this wild ride.
He continued, “To our loyal and amazing fans, Thank you, all this was possible because of you. I tried so hard to overcome my physical and mental health issues, to play in front of you for the last time,” but I just couldn’t. I am so grateful to each and every one of you who have helped Smash Mouth sell over 10 million albums worldwide, put us at the top of the radio charts and to those who have made All Star relevant as one of the hottest internet memes today.”
After his retirement, Zack Judd became the new leader of the band.
“I can’t wait to see what Smash Mouth does next, and I look forward to considering myself one of the band’s newest fans,” said Harwell.
. “Professional creator. Lifelong thinker. Reader. Beer buff. Troublemaker. Evil problem solver.”