Steve Harwell has died at the age of 56.
The Smash Mouth founder and lead singer’s death was confirmed by his manager.
According to Robert Hayes, the band’s manager, Harwell had been receiving hospice care over the weekend. He died at his home in Boise, Idaho, with family and friends by his side.
Hayes said in a statement to CNN that Harwell was “larger than life”.
“Steve Harwell was a true American Original. A larger than life character who shot up into the sky like a Roman cancel. Steve should be remembered for his unwavering focus and impassioned determination to reach the heights of pop stardom.”
With Harwell on lead vocals, the band was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a duo or group for their massive hit “All Star”.
Another big hit for the band was the song “I’m A Believer”. The song later on became even more famous after it was included in the 2001 soundtrack to the animated movie Shrek.
The group was known for fighting anything ordinary and even personally took their own album “Astro Lounge” to radio stations across the United States with the hope of getting it played.
“We never do anything traditional. We never go through the front door. It’s always the back door, or an open window or something, to get our stuff played.”
Due to health issues, Harwell left the band in 2021. He was replaced as lead vocalist by Zach Goode.
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