Smash Mouth's Steve Harwell Dies at 56

He had been in hospice care due to alcohol addiction

BY Alex HudsonPublished Sep 4, 2023

Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell has died at the age of 56.

He died this morning at home in Boise, ID. Earlier this weekend, it was reported that he was in hospice care due to issues with alcohol addiction, and only had a short time to live.

"He was surrounded by family and friends and passed peacefully and comfortably," read a statement from Smash Mouth manager Robert Hayes.

A statement on the band's social media channels hailed Harwell as "a larger than life character who shot up into the sky like a Roman candle."

Smash Mouth formed in 1994 and rose to stardom in the late '90s with the singles "Walkin' on the Sun" and "All Star," as well as a cover of the Monkees' "I'm a Believer" for 2001's Shrek. In 2022, the band hired a new singer after Harwell retired from performing.

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