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Steve Harwell dies: What illness did the Smash Mouth vocalist suffer from?

Steve Harwell, the lead singer of Smash Mouth, passed away early Monday, less than 24 hours after it was announced that he was receiving hospice care.

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The illness behind the sudden passing of Smash Mouth lead singer

The music industry is in mourning. The manager of Smash Mouth, Robert Hayes, confirmed the death of 56-year-old musician during the early hours of Monday, September 4.

The unfortunate event was made known through a statement issued by Hayes and comes less than 24 hours after it was revealed that the Santa Clara native was in palliative care, spending his last days surrounded by his family, at his home.

“Although Steve is here with us still, sadly it will only be for a short time (...) Steve is resting at home being cared for by his fiancée and hospice care,” said Hayes last night.

Steve passed away during the early hours on Monday, at his home in Boise, Idaho. He was surrounded by family and friends and “passed peacefully and comfortably,” the Samsh Mouth manager confirmed in a new statement, adding that the music star will be cremated in Boise and buried in San Jose, California.

Steve Harwell dies: What illness did the Smash Mouth vocalist suffer from?

According to Hayes, the cause of death of the 'All Star' interpreter was acute liver failure.

According to Mayo Clinic, this diagnosis refers to rapid loss of liver function in a person who usually does not have pre-existing liver disease and occurs when liver cells are significantly damaged and can no longer function.

In order to reduce the risk of suffering from this type of disease is to take preventative steps to prevent harm to the liver: Avoid drinking alcohol excessively, follow the instructions of the medications to avoid overdose, receive all the vaccines, maintaining a healthy weight, not eating wild mushrooms, etc.

It is worth mentioning that Harwell had also been previously diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that hinders the heart's ability to pump blood.

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Smash Mouth says goodbye to Steve Harwell with emotional message

Steve retired from music and left Smash Mouth in 2021, however, he will always be associated with the iconic group and their infectious hits, such as ‘All Star’, ‘Walkin’ on the sun’ or ‘I’m a Believer’.

Once the death of the artist was confirmed, the band to which he dedicated almost three decades of his life, he was a founding member in 1994, took to their social networks to say goodbye to him with an emotional message:

“Steve Harwell was a true American Original. A larger than life character who shot up into the sky like a Roman candle. Steve will be remembered for his unwavering focus and impassioned determination to reach the heights of pop stardom. Rest in peace knowing you aimed for the stars, and magically hit your target. Rest easy,” reads the Smash Mouth publication.

Rest in peace, Steve Harwell.