Former Lead Singer Of Smash Mouth, Steve Harwell Dies At 56


Smash Mouth’s former main singer and frontman, Steve Harwell, passed away at his Boise, Idaho, home. Age-wise, he was 56.

Robert Hayes, the band’s manager, confirmed his passing and stated that acute liver failure was the reason for it. He claimed that Harwell “passed peacefully and comfortably” while “surrounded by family and friends.”

In 1994, Harwell established Smash Mouth. He and the band, which also featured guitarist Greg Camp, bassist Paul De Lisle, and drummer Kevin Coleman, became well-known for songs like “Walking on the Sun” from 1997 and “All Star” from the 1999 album Astro Lounge. Both “All Star” and the group’s rendition of the Monkees’ timeless song “I’m a Believer” were used in the 2001 animated film Shrek.

According to Hayes, Smash Mouth sold more than 10 million albums worldwide with Harwell.

In 2021, shortly after a performance in Upstate New York during which he appeared to be lost and slurring his words, Harwell quit Smash Mouth.

In a statement, Harwell stated that he needed to address long-standing physical and mental health difficulties. The singer battled alcoholism for many years. Hayes, his manager, claimed Harwell led a “100% full-throttle life.”

Harwell, who Hayes referred to as a “true American original,” should be honored for his unwavering dedication and resolve to reach the pinnacles of musical glory, Hayes added. He claimed that the fact that Harwell accomplished it with little prior musical training made his accomplishments all the more impressive.