Rock music fans were saddened this week after it was confirmed that former Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell confirmed was on his deathbed.
According to Fox News, a representative from Harwell's management told the network on Monday that he was in the final stage of liver failure and has entered hospice care.
"Unfortunately this is the case," the representative was quoted as saying. "Steve is resting at home and being cared for by his fiancé and hospice care."
"We would hope that people would respect Steve and his family’s privacy during this difficult time," the management representative went on to add.
Fox News went on to report hours later that Harwell had passed away at his home in Boise, Idaho alongside family members. He was 56 years old.
The network noted that Harwell has long been known to struggle with alcoholism and retired from music in 2021 following a difficult performance.
"Despite Steve’s best efforts to work through these ailments, he is heartbroken to share that it has become impossible for him to continue doing what he loves most, performing in front of the band’s millions of fans around the world," a spokesperson was quoted as saying at the time.
As the lead singer of the San Francisco-based band Smash Mouth, Harwell's voice could be heard on such hits as "All Star", "Walkin' on the Sun," and a cover of the Monkees' "I'm a Believer."
Tributes to Harwell quickly appeared online, including from his band's official Twitter account, which called him "a true American Original."
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
"A larger than life character who shot up into the sky like a Roman candle," it continued, adding, "Steve will be remembered for his unwavering focus and impassioned determination to reach the heights of pop stardom.
Ordinary fans spoke up as well, with one tweeting, "He wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but he was our all star."
— BlizzyDoris (@BlizzyDoris) September 5, 2023