Rolling Stone reports:
Steve Harwell, who cofounded the band Smash Mouth in 1994, has died at the age of 56, band manager Robert Hayes confirmed. The musician, best known for hits like “All Star” and “I’m a Believer,” died at his home in Boise, ID “surrounded by family and friends.”
Harwell had been in hospice care following medical complications. The cause of death was liver failure, Hayes told Rolling Stone. It was an incident in Oct. 9, 2021 that led him to retire from music.
At the Big Sip festival in Bethel, New York, Harwell was captured on video slurring his words, threatening the audience, and giving the middle finger to fans. A rep for the singer told the New York Post at the time that his Wernicke encephalopathy, a neurological condition, impacted Harwell’s motor functions and memory.
Read the full article. Smash Mouth last appeared here in August 2020 when they played to tens of thousands in Sturgis, South Dakota in defiance of COVID mitigation protocols, with Harwell shouting, “We’re all here together tonight! Fuck that COVID shit!”
Steve Harwell, who cofounded the band Smash Mouth in 1994, has died at the age of 56. https://t.co/GC2YZi5BjJ
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) September 4, 2023
At a show in upstate New York over the weekend, Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell appeared to give a Nazi salute to fans from the stage. https://t.co/214FKRtSd0
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) October 12, 2021