Smash Mouth Singer Steve Harwell’s Cause Of Death Announced

Steve Harwell
Credit: Alamy

Steve Harwell sadly died earlier this week and now his manager has disclosed his apparent cause of death. 

Harwell was an American musician who was best known as the lead vocalist and frontman of the band Smash Mouth.

Along with the group, he was best known for the track ‘All Star’ – which was featured in the animated movie Shrek.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Harwell was in critical condition and that he had entered hospice care.

Then on September 4, it was revealed that the ‘I’m a Believer’ singer had passed away aged 56.

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Smash Mouth’s band manager, Robert Hayes, confirmed the saddening news to Rolling Stone in a statement.

The musician reportedly died at his home in Boise, Idaho, while ‘surrounded by family and friends’.

It read: “Steve has been retired from Smash Mouth for two years now, and the band continues to tour with new vocalist Zach Goode.

“That said, Steve’s legacy will live on through the music. With Steve, Smash Mouth has sold over 10 Million albums worldwide and topped the charts with two #1 hit singles, five Top 40 singles, three Hot 100 singles, four Billboard 200 albums and a Grammy nomination not to mention the hundreds of film and television placements and of course those musical features in Shrek.”

Steve Harwell in 'All Star'.
Steve Harwell has reportedly died from acute liver failure. Credit: Interscope

Hayes has now disclosed to NBC News that Harwell died from acute liver failure.

The manager tells the outlet: “Steve Harwell was a true American Original. A larger-than-life character who shot up into the sky like a Roman candle.”

According to Mayo Clinic, acute liver failure is the loss of liver function which occurs quickly – in days or weeks. It is less common than chronic liver failure, which occurs more slowly.

Acute liver failure can cause severe complications, such as bleeding and increased pressure on the brain.

Although it can sometimes be reversed with treatment, in many situations it requires a liver transplant.

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Many people have taken to social media and paid tribute to Harwell.

Alongside a clip of ‘All Star’, one fan penned: “Will always be an absolute banger at any given time. Thank you, Smash Mouth. RIP Steve Harwell.”

Another added: “RIP Steve Harwell… You were part of the reason why Shrek is such as SMASH HIT!”

While somebody else said: “He was only 56. The whole world knows this song (‘All Star’). He will be missed.”

RIP to Steve Harwell,” commented a fourth. “He will always be an ‘All Star’! The Shrek opening is iconic, and we will remember the song forever!”

Someone else wrote: “I had the pleasure of seeing Smash Mouth back in 2019. Steve Harwell waved at me and that made my whole night. I’ll never forget that interaction. RIP Steve, thanks for the memories.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.