The former Smash Mouth Singer, Harwell, who was receiving hospice care, “passed peacefully and comfortably” at his home in Idaho.
Smash Mouth paid tribute to their former bandmate via an Instagram post shortly after his death.
“Steve Harwell was a true American Original. A larger than life character who shot up into the sky like a Roman candle. Steve should be remembered for his unwavering focus and impassioned determination to reach the heights of pop stardom,”they wrote.
He attempted to retire in 2021 due to a few health challenges and at t the time, Harwell had been seen slurring his words and even swearing at the audience during a show. When his retirement made headlines, Harwell thanked his bandmates and loyal fans as he exited.
“I’ve tried so hard to power through my physical and mental health issues and to play in front of you one last time, but I just wasn’t able to,” he said in October 2021. “I am so grateful to each and every one of you who has helped Smash Mouth sell over 10 million albums worldwide, put us on top of radio charts and those who have kept ‘All Star’ relevant as one of the top memes on the internet today.”Steve Harwell
He continued: “I cannot wait to see what Smash Mouth accomplishes next and am looking forward to counting myself as one of the band’s newest fans.”
Today we remember him as the amazing singer and performer he was.