In a statement to Rolling Stone, Harwell’s manager Robert Hayes said that the singer passed in Boise, Idaho ‘surrounded by family and friends’ and that he died ‘peacefully and comfortably.’ At the time of his death the singer was being cared for by his fiancee.
The statement described Harwell as ‘iconic’ and credited him as having ‘one of the most recognizable voices from his generation.’
‘He loved the fans and loved to perform. Steve Harwell was a true American Original. A larger than life character who shot up into the sky like a Roman candle,’ the press release continued.
Steve Harwell, the lead singer of 90s rockers Smash Mouth, has died at the age of 56, just a day after it was announced that he had entered hospice care
‘Steve should be remembered for his unwavering focus and impassioned determination to reach the heights of pop stardom. And the fact that he achieved this near-impossible goal with very limited musical experience makes his accomplishments all the more remarkable.’
‘His only tools were his irrepressible charm and charisma, his fearlessly reckless ambition, and his king-size cajones. Steve lived a 100 percent full-throttle life. Burning brightly across the universe before burning out,’ it concluded.
Harwell’s official cause of death has not been made public but the singer retired from performing in 2021 due to a series of alcohol related health issues.
During an infamous performance in Bethel, New York, Harwell slurred through songs and verbally attacked fans.
His manager told the New York Post at the time that the singer was diagnosed with Wenicke encephalopathy, a condition that impacts motor skills and brain functionality.
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