Smash Mouth’s Steve Harwell has ‘only about a week to live’ after suffering liver failure: reports

Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell is in hospice care with just days to live, according to multiple reports.

A representative for the band told Entertainment Weekly Sunday that the rocker was in the final stages of liver failure after receiving treatment in hospital.

Family and friends visited Harwell, 56, over the past three days as he had “only about a week left to live”, according to the outlet.

“We hope people will respect the privacy of Steve and his family during this difficult time,” the spokesperson added.

Representatives for Smash Mouth did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.

This tragic news follows years of serious health complications for the musician.

The Smash Mouth frontman was previously hospitalized in August 2016 after collapsing on stage during a concert in Urbana, Illinois.

The band postponed several gigs the following year when they were again hospitalized after experiencing breathing difficulties during a sound check before a performance in Memphis, Tennessee.

The rocker has “only about a week to live”, according to several media.
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“We hope people will respect the privacy of Steve and his family during this difficult time,” a spokesperson for the group said.
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Harwell — a founding member of the group known for hits such as “I’m a Believer” and “All Star” — originally announced his hiatus from Smash Mouth in October 2021.

At the time, the singer’s spokesperson told TMZ that he suffered from heart failure and cardiomyopathy, diagnosed in 2015.

Shortly after, Harwell officially confirmed his retirement from the band due to his ongoing medical issues, which also included acute Wernicke’s encephalopathy, a disorder that affects motor function.

He also struggled with addiction in the past.

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Harwell has battled persistent health issues for years, including heart failure and cardiomyopathy.
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He announced his retirement from Smash Mouth in October 2021.
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The announcement of his retirement came days after he raised concerns about his behavior while performing at New York’s Big Sip Festival in 2021. A video posted to TikTok at the time showed the musician stammering his words on stage and giving the crowd the middle finger.

“Since I was a kid, I dreamed of being a Rockstar performing to sold-out arenas and I was blessed to live that dream,” he said in a statement.

“For my bandmates, it’s been an honor to play with you all these years and I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather have gone on this crazy journey with. To our loyal and amazing fans, thank you, this was all possible because of you. I tried very hard to overcome my physical and mental health issues and play in front of you one last time, but I just couldn’t.

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