Steve Harwell retired in October 2021 to deal with his well being. In line with an announcement by Harwell’s rep, Robert Hayes, Harwell is receiving hospice care at house.
“Though Steve is right here with us nonetheless, sadly, it is going to solely be for a short while,” Hayes said, including, “We’d hope that folks would respect Steve and his household’s privateness throughout this troublesome time. [Steve is] resting at house.”
Harwell has battled well being issues since 2015, which was the rationale behind his retirement in October 2021. After exhibiting regarding habits whereas performing with Smash Mouth in Bethel, New York, the singer retired to deal with his well being.
On the time, Smash Mouth’s rep mentioned that the singer left the group to ‘deal with his bodily and psychological well being,’ including, “Regardless of Steve’s finest efforts to work by way of these illnesses, he’s heartbroken to share that it has turn out to be unattainable for him to proceed doing what he loves most, performing in entrance of the band’s thousands and thousands of followers world wide.”
Smash Mouth’s rep had additionally talked about that Harwell ‘has suffered profusely over time with a number of varieties of habit resulting in medical and psychological well being points,’ together with Cardiomyopathy and Wernickes encephalopathy, a neurological situation that ‘has tremendously impacted his motor capabilities, together with speech and impaired reminiscence.’
After saying his retirement, Harwell additionally gave an announcement to reminisce about his time because the band’s frontman.
He mentioned, “Ever since I used to be a child, I dreamed of being a Rockstar performing in entrance of sold-out arenas and have been so lucky to stay out that dream. To my bandmates, it’s been an honor performing with you all these years, and I can’t consider anybody else I might have somewhat gone on this wild journey with.”
“To our loyal and superb followers, thanks. All of this was attainable due to you. I’ve tried so onerous to energy by way of my bodily and psychological well being points and to play in entrance of you one final time, however I simply wasn’t capable of. I’m so grateful to every one in every of you who has helped Smash Mouth promote over 10 million albums worldwide, put us on prime of radio charts, and people who have stored All Star related as one of many prime memes on the web at present,” Harwell mentioned in 2021.
“I can not wait to see what Smash Mouth accomplishes subsequent,” Harwell mentioned, “I’m wanting ahead to counting myself as one of many band’s latest followers.”
Harwell co-founded Smash Mouth in 1994, and the band gained fame with hits equivalent to ‘All Star,’ ‘Walkin’ on the Solar,’ and a canopy of The Monkees’ ‘I’m a Believer,’ which featured within the 2001 animated movie “Shrek.” After his retirement, Zach Goode was made the band’s new frontman.
Talking about Steve Harwell’s present situation, his consultant Hayes added, “Steve’s iconic voice is among the most recognizable voices of his era. Steve beloved the followers and beloved to carry out.”
Band members of Smash Mouth haven’t commented on Harwell’s situation.