Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell is in hospice care with “only a week or so left to live”.
The rock band’s lead singer, 56, had been receiving treatment for liver complications in hospital, but his manager has now confirmed he is “resting at home and being looked after by his fiancee and hospice”.
Harwell’s manager, Robert Hayes, told The Independent: “Steve’s iconic voice is one of the most iconic of his generation. Steve loved the crowd and he loved the performance.
“Although Steve is still here with us, it is sad that he will only be here for a short time. My only additional comment is that we hope people will respect the privacy of Steve and his family during this difficult time.
Smash Mouth formed in 1994 and is best known for their song “All Star”, which was released in 1999. The song reached number one in the US at the time, but gained new fans after its use in the 2001 films. a partner And Rat race.
The song has remained popular, and from 2017 to 2021, it was one of the most streamed rock songs in America.
The song was performed by Harwell himself Rat race Along with a cast of comedians, including Whoopi Goldberg, Rowan Atkinson, and Jon Lovitz. Meanwhile, for a partner For the soundtrack, the band recorded a cover version of The Monkees’ song “I’m a Believer”.
Their other hits include “Walkin’ on the Sun” (1997) and “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby” (1998).
Harwell retired from the music industry in 2001. In 2013, the singer was diagnosed with a type of heart condition called cardiomyopathy, which causes the heart muscle to enlarge and weaken, and Wernicke’s encephalopathy, a severe neurological condition.
He has also previously suffered from heart failure, and in 2017, Smash Mouth had to postpone several shows while Harwell received treatment. The singer suffered from alcoholism all his life.
Hayes added, “Although Steve hasn’t been with Smash Mouth in two years, and the band continues to tour with new vocalist Zack Judd, his legacy will live on through the music.
With Steve, Smash Mouth has sold over 10 million albums worldwide and topped the charts with two number-one singles, five Top 40 singles, three Top 100 singles, four Billboard 200 albums and an award nomination. Grammy.”
Following the news, singer Bret Michaels wrote on X/Twitter: “All my thoughts, prayers and well wishes are with my friend Steve Harwell. I knew you were a fighter, keep fighting my brother.
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