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Rock Icon Steve Harwell’s Heartbreaking Battle: From Smash Hits to a Life’s Struggle

In the preceding three days, Harwell received hospice care in the comfort of his own home, surrounded by his family and close friends.

Steve Harwell, the frontman of the rock band Smash Mouth, is currently in a critical condition due to ongoing health challenges and concerning public behavior. Recently, Harwell entered hospice care as he approaches the final days of his life. His health has deteriorated significantly due to advanced liver failure, which was a result of his lifelong struggle with alcohol abuse, according to TMZ.

Steve Harwell (Twitter)

Harwell has been surrounded by his family as he approaches the end of his life. Fans of Smash Mouth expressed their worries about his well-being back in October 2021 when they witnessed him exhibiting slurred speech, using strong language, and making threats during a concert, as reported by Daily Mail. Harwell, who is 56 years old, had been battling alcoholism for a substantial part of his life and had previously undergone treatment for liver-related issues at a hospital. Sadly, his condition had progressed beyond treatment, as confirmed by his manager to TMZ. Over the past three days, Harwell has been receiving hospice care at his home, where his family and friends have gathered to support him during this difficult time.

Steve Harwell (Twitter)

A spokesperson for Smash Mouth has informed DailyMail.com that, “Steve is resting at home and is being cared for by his fiancĂ© and hospice care.” The spokesperson further requested that people respect Steve and his family’s privacy during this challenging period.

This news comes nearly two years after Steve Harwell’s retirement from Smash Mouth. The band gained fame in the 1990s and produced several well-known hits, including “All Star,” “Walkin’ on the Sun,” and a cover of the Monkees’ “I’m a Believer.”

Steve Harwell (Twitter)

The song “All Star” received significant recognition when it was prominently featured in the 2001 blockbuster film “Shrek.” Additionally, the band’s cover of the Monkees’ classic hit, “I’m a Believer,” was well-received by fans. Harwell’s status as a musical icon from the late ’90s and early 2000s was solidified with the success of “All Star” in “Shrek.” He remained one of the only two consistent members of the original Smash Mouth lineup until his retirement.

Tragically, after the band’s initial success, Steve faced health issues and grappled with substance abuse problems. His decision to step down as the lead singer came after a disastrous performance at a music festival in upstate New York, during which he struggled with his lines, confronted the crowd, and made offensive gestures towards fans.

Reportedly, during this performance, the singer experienced one of his “episodes” related to his ongoing medical problems, as disclosed by a close acquaintance. In 2013, Harwell, a California native, received a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy, a group of heart-related diseases that can severely affect heart function.

Following this challenging diagnosis, he encountered another medical setback with the development of Wernicke encephalopathy, a neurological disorder often linked to thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency.

Currently, Steve Harwell is under hospice care, with only a few days left to live, as he faces the final stage of liver failure, leading to his transition from receiving hospital treatment for his liver issues to hospice care.

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