Steve Harwell, the former frontman of the band Smash Mouth, is now under hospice care as he battles the final stage of liver failure, according to reports from close sources. Harwell, known for his iconic vocals in the hit song “All Star,” has had a struggle with alcohol abuse throughout his life, which has led to his current health condition. Until recently, he was receiving treatment in a hospital.
A spokesperson from Harwell’s management team confirmed the unfortunate news. “It’s true,” the spokesperson said. “Steve is currently at home, where he is being looked after by his fiancé and hospice care.” The representative also mentioned that Harwell is surrounded by his loved ones during this challenging time.
The spokesperson further requested that the public respect Harwell’s privacy and that of his family as they navigate this difficult period. Harwell, who retired in 2021 following a troubled performance in New York, has been dealing with both mental and physical health issues, which were cited as reasons for his retirement.
“Despite Steve’s relentless attempts to overcome these health challenges, he is devastated to announce that he can no longer do what he loves most – performing for the band’s numerous fans worldwide,” the spokesperson stated.
Smash Mouth, formed in the San Francisco Bay area in 1994, delivered several popular hits in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including “All Star,” “Walkin’ on the Sun,” and also a cover of the Monkees’ “I’m a Believer.” Harwell’s health has been deteriorating for years due to various medical complications, and his family is now preparing to say their final goodbyes.
Harwell’s manager revealed that the singer has been battling alcohol abuse throughout his life, which has now led to the final stage of liver failure. He had been receiving treatment at a hospital until recently. Now, Harwell is in hospice care at home, where his friends and family have been gathering over the past few days. According to his manager, Harwell likely has only a week or so left to live.
This news follows a concerning incident nearly two years ago when Harwell appeared disoriented during a live performance, slurring his words and shouting at the audience. Shortly after, he announced his retirement. Harwell, who is only 56 years old, has contributed some of the biggest pop culture hits of the early 2000s, leaving a significant mark on the music industry.