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Steve Harwell has died. The former Smash Mouth singer passed away on Sept. 4, the band announced in a statement. He was just 56 years old.
Steve Harwell at the 2009 CMT Awards. (Roger L Wollenberg/UPI/Shutterstock)
“Steve Harwell was a true American Original. A larger than life character who shot up into the sky like a Roman candle,” the band’s statement on Instagram began. “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 statement continued, “Steve lived a 100% full-throttle life. Burning brightly across the universe before burning out. Good night Heevo Veev. Rest in peace knowing you aimed for the stars, and magically hit your target.”
Steve Harwell in 1998. (Bei/Shutterstock)
One day before his death, TMZ reported that the “All Star” singer was in hospice at home. Steve had reportedly battled alcohol abuse throughout his life and had reached the final stage of liver failure. At the time of publication, the outlet claimed Steve only had “days to live.” Unfortunately, he would pass away one day later.
Steve had experienced serious health issues throughout his life. Back in 2013, Steve was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and Wernicke encephalopathy. He also faced a traumatic loss. His son, Presley, died at 6 months in 2001 from acute lymphocytic leukemia.
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