Steve Harwell, Frontman of Smash Mouth, Passes Away at 56
Steve Harwell, the lead singer of the band Smash Mouth known for their hit song “All Star,” has passed away at the age of 56. His death was confirmed in a statement to Rolling Stone, with his manager, Robert Hayes, stating that he “passed peacefully and comfortably” at his home in Boise, Idaho, surrounded by friends and family. A cause of death was not provided.
Steve Harwell had struggled with alcoholism and was reported to be in hospice care with liver failure before his passing. He had retired from Smash Mouth in 2021 after an incident in which he was caught on camera at a festival slurring his words and giving a Nazi salute to the crowd. His departure from the band came after a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy, a heart condition often linked to heavy alcohol use.
Smash Mouth, formed in the 1990s, was known for hits like “Walkin’ on the Sun” and “All Star,” which became an iconic song of its generation. Steve Harwell’s distinctive voice made him a recognizable figure in the music industry.
His manager described him as a “larger-than-life character” who achieved pop stardom with limited musical experience, and his legacy will live on through his music.
Steve Harwell’s death marks the passing of a notable figure in the music world, and his songs continue to be enjoyed by fans around the world.