The death of Smash Mouth frontman and “All Star” singer Steve Harwell sent shockwaves through the industry. Harwell, known for chart-topping hits in the 90s and 00s, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones at his Boise, Idaho home at only 56 years old.
A larger-than-life figure, Harwell shot to mega stardom through raw talent and ambition despite limited formal training.
Selling over 10 million albums worldwide with Smash Mouth, Harwell topped charts with two #1 hits and was nominated for a Grammy. His smash 1999 single “All Star” in particular dominated radio play and became synonymous with the band, much like rock anthems from Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
While no official cause of death was given, Harwell had battled health issues for years including cardiomyopathy, liver failure, and alcoholism. Struggling with addiction led to deteriorating medical conditions and mental health problems. Just days before his passing, the singer was in hospice care and on his “deathbed”, according to reports.
Friends and family visited Harwell at home in his final days, where he was comforted by his fiancée. Though he retired from touring two years ago due to health problems, Harwell’s magnetic stage presence and rockstar charisma cemented his legacy.
His unforgettable voice also lives on through Smash Mouth’s extensive catalog, ensuring Harwell remains iconic for generations to come. While fans mourn the loss of a legend, Harwell is at peace having lived his rock and roll dream to the fullest.