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Smash Mouth’s Steve Harwell has ‘only a week or so to live’ after suffering liver failure – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

Smash Mouth’s Steve Harwell has ‘only a week or so to live’ after suffering liver failure

Smash Mouth’s lead singer, Steve Harwell, is currently under hospice care and reportedly has only a few days left to live. According to Entertainment Weekly, a representative for the band stated that Harwell is in the final stages of liver failure after receiving treatment at the hospital. Over the past three days, family and friends have been visiting the 56-year-old rocker, who has been given a prognosis of “only a week or so to live.” The representative also requested privacy for Harwell and his family during this challenging time. Despite TheFantasyTimes’s request for comment, representatives from Smash Mouth have not responded. This tragic news follows years of serious health complications for the musician. In August 2016, Harwell collapsed onstage during a concert in Urbana, Ill., leading to hospitalization. The following year, he faced difficulty breathing at a sound check before a performance in Memphis, Tenn., resulting in postponed shows. Multiple outlets have reported that Harwell’s time is limited to “only a week or so to live.” A representative for the band emphasized the need for respect and privacy for Steve and his family. Harwell, a founding member of Smash Mouth known for hits like “I’m a Believer” and “All Star,” had initially announced his hiatus from the band in October 2021. At that time, his representative informed TMZ that he was suffering from heart failure and cardiomyopathy, conditions he was diagnosed with in 2015. Soon after, Harwell officially retired from the band due to ongoing medical issues, which included acute Wernicke’s encephalopathy, a disorder affecting motor functions. He has also faced addiction struggles in the past. Harwell has been battling various health problems, including heart failure and cardiomyopathy, for years. In October 2021, he announced his retirement from Smash Mouth. This decision came shortly after concerns were raised about his behavior during a performance at New York’s Big Sip Festival in 2021. A TikTok video captured Harwell slurring his words and gesturing rudely to the crowd. In a statement, he expressed his gratitude for living out his childhood dream of being a rockstar and performing in sold-out arenas. He thanked his bandmates and loyal fans, acknowledging that his physical and mental health issues prevented him from continuing to play live.

Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell is in hospice care with only days to live, according to multiple reports.

A representative for the band told Entertainment Weekly Sunday that the rocker is the final stages of liver failure after receiving treatment at the hospital.

Family and friends have been visiting Harwell, 56, for the past three days since he’s been given “only a week or so to live,” per the outlet.

“We hope that people respect Steve and his family’s privacy during this difficult time,” the rep added. 

Reps for Smash Mouth did not immediately respond to TheFantasyTimes’s request for comment.

The tragic news follows years of serious health complications for the musician.

The Smash Mouth frontman was previously hospitalized in August 2016 after collapsing onstage during a concert in Urbana, Ill.

The band postponed several shows the following year when he was hospitalized again after experiencing difficulty breathing at a sound check before a performance in Memphis, Tenn.


Steve Harwell
The rocker has “only a week or so to live,” according to multiple outlets.
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Steve Harwell
“We hope that people respect Steve and his family’s privacy during this difficult time,” a rep for the band said.
Twitter/steveharwell

Harwell — a founding member of the group known for hits such as “I’m a Believer” and “All Star” — initially announced his hiatus from Smash Mouth in October 2021.

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At the time, the singer’s rep told TMZ that he was suffering from heart failure and cardiomyopathy, which has was diagnosed with in 2015.

Not long after, Harwell officially confirmed his retirement from the band due to his ongoing medical issues, which also included acute Wernicke’s encephalopathy — a disorder that affects motor functions.

He has also struggled with addiction in the past.


Steve Harwell
Harwell has battled ongoing health issues, including heart failure and cardiomyopathy, for years.
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Steve Harwell
He announced his retirement from Smash Mouth in October 2021.
Twitter/steveharwell

The retirement announcement came days after he raised concerns with his behavior during a performing at New York’s Big Sip Festival in 2021. A video posted on TikTok at the time showed the musician slurring his words onstage and giving the middle finger to a crowd.

“Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of being a Rockstar performing in front of sold-out arenas and have been so fortunate to live out that dream,” he shared in a statement.

“To my bandmates, it’s been an honor performing with you all these years and I can’t think of anyone else I would have rather gone on this wild journey with. To our loyal and amazing fans, thank you, all of this was possible because of you. I’ve tried so hard to power through my physical and mental health issues, and to play in front of you one last time, but I just wasn’t able to.”

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