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Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell dies at 56 of acute liver failure

BusinessSmash Mouth singer Steve Harwell dies at 56 of acute liver failure


LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 12: Musician Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth performs during the Under The Sun Tour at The Greek Theatre on August 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

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Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell died Monday at his home in Boise, Idaho. He was 56.

Harwell had “many health issues,” and died from acute liver failure, the band’s manager Robert Hayes confirmed.

The “All Star” singer, who retired from the band two years ago, died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, Hayes said.

“Steve Harwell was a true American Original,” Hayes said. “A larger than life character who shot up into the sky like a Roman candle.” 

Harwell retired from the band after a concert in upstate New York about two years ago, where he was heard slurring his words and making vaguely threatening comments toward the audience, according to Variety.

During Harwell’s tenure with Smash Mouth, the band sold over ten million albums worldwide, had two #1 hit singles and a Grammy nomination.

The band is most known for hits like “All Star” and their cover of The Monkees’ “I’m a Believer,” which can be heard in the “Shrek!” soundtrack.


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