WASHINGTON (TND) — The lead singer of prominent 90s band Smash Mouth, Steve Harwell, has died at 56, according to TMZ.
Harwell passed away at his home in Boise, Idaho as a result of liver failure, his manager, Robert Hayes, confirmed.
He was recently in hospice receiving end-of-life care at home with friends and family by his side.
Sources told TMZ he succumbed to his health battles with alcohol abuse along with other ailments.
Steve Harwell was a true American Original. A larger than life character who shot up into the sky like a Roman candle,” Hayes told CNN. “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.
Harwell was a founding member and longtime lead singer of the band best known for "All Star" and "I'm a Believer."
In 2021, he left the band and retired from performing after a live show in upstate New York where he was seen slurring his words and using profanity.
“Steve lived a 100% full-throttle life. Burning brightly across the universe before burning out,” Hayes concluded. “Good night Heevo Veev. Rest in peace knowing you aimed for the stars, and magically hit your target.”