Steve Harwell, Smash Mouth Founding Singer, Dead at 56


Jan 18, 2000
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Steve Harwell, who cofounded the band Smash Mouth in 1994, has died at the age of 56, band manager Robert Hayes confirmed. The musician, best known for hits like “All Star” and “I’m a Believer,” died at his home in Boise, ID “surrounded by family and friends"
Harwell had been in hospice care following medical complications. The cause of death was liver failure, Hayes told Rolling Stone.
Hayes said Harwell “passed peacefully and comfortably.” In a statement to Rolling Stone, he offered a lengthy tribute to the artist,
who was a staple of Nineties rock music and saw success with multiple albums and singles, selling more than 10 million albums with his band worldwide.

JM Aggie08

Diamond Member
Jan 3, 2006
He lost his 6mo old son to leukemia in 2001. It seems like it was a downward spiral since then -- can't say I blame the guy.

Love or hate his music, you know the lyrics to at least one of his tunes.
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Jul 17, 2003
I actually had an encounter with this guy once, back in Pensacola when they were in town in the 90s. He and a roadie were trying to pull girls from our group to come amuse him elsewhere. I wasn't dating any of those ladies, but there were others present who were, and things really deteriorated. Mr Rockstar narrowly avoided getting a thorough ass whoopin. From what I heard later he was a party boy. I guess he kept at it? This news doesn't surprise me really, there is only one Keith Richards. I remember being happy for this band when Shrek came out though, despite my friends' ruffled feathers.

RIP Steve. You were much less of a douche than Scott Stapp, far as I know.


Elite Member & Kitchen Overlord
Feb 14, 2004
Dang, All Star was released in 1999...big hit when I was in high school. Then of course Shrek made it skyrocket. RIP Mr. All Star!