Harwell left the band in October 2021 following a viral video release that showed he appeared intoxicated. In a statement provided to the New York Post at the time, a representative said the Smash Mouth frontman was retiring because of “long-term medical issues.” “As of today, Steve will be retiring from Smash Mouth to focus on his physical and mental health,” the person said. Harwell later issued his own statement. “Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of being a rock star, performing in front of sold-out arenas and have been so fortunate to live out that dream,” the singer said. He added, “To my bandmates, it’s been an honor performing with you all these years and I can’t think of anyone else I would have rather gone on this wild journey with.” Harwell suffered from heart failure and other cardiovascular issues. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
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… pic.twitter.com/qZDliiIl30— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) September 4, 2023