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Former Smash Mouth singer, Steve Harwell, dies at 56

He was battling acute liver failure.

Former Smash Mouth lead man Steve Harwell has died aged 56 after a battle with acute liver failure.

Harwell is remembered for voicing part of the soundtrack of 2001 animation film Shrek, which featured hits such as ‘All Star’ and ‘I’m a Believer’.

His manager, Robert Hayes, told Rolling Stone that he died “peacefully and comfortably” in his Idaho home.

“Steve’s iconic voice is one of the most recognizable voices from his generation. He loved the fans and loved to perform,” he said.

“Steve lived a 100 percent full-throttle life. Burning brightly across the universe before burning out.”

The band released a statement on X paying tribute to their former front man.

“Steve Harwell was a true American Original,” they said. “A larger-than-life character who shot up into the sky like a Roman candle. Steve will be remembered for his unwavering focus and impassioned determination to reach the heights of pop stardom. Rest in peace knowing you aimed for the stars, and magically hit your target. Rest easy.”

It was widely reported yesterday that Harwell had entered hospice care after falling gravely ill.

Harwell retired from the band in October 2021 following a performance at the Big Sip festival in New York. He was seen slurring his words and making obscene gestures to the crowd.

It was revealed that Harwell had been suffering from heart failure and acute Wernicke encephalopathy and was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 2013.

Photo: Smash Mouth – 8551822190 by Eva Rinaldi is available HERE and used under a Creative Commons license. This image has not been modified.

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