Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth Enters Hospice

There’s some news I didn’t expect to see. Steve Harwell, the former lead singer of Smash Mouth, has entered hospice care due to liver failure.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the guy synonymous with the term ‘All Star’ will sadly not be with us much longer. An unnamed rep for Smash Mouth broke the tragic news, saying Harwell has “only a week or so to live.

The grim prognosis comes after Harwell’s history of health issues, including cardiomyopathy and Wernicke’s encephalopathy. Both possibly stemmed from alcohol abuse, which Harwell had struggled with in the past. These medical issues led Harwell to retire from Smash Mouth in 2021.

It is unknown when Smash Mouth’s retired lead singer discovered his liver problem, although he probably did not want it widely known. Our hearts go out to Harwell and his family, as we understand how difficult this situation can be for everyone involved.

Being no stranger to severe medical conditions, it’s always best to seek medical attention early if experiencing physical abnormalities. Most of the time, it’ll be nothing, but then (like in my case), they may catch something about to enter your heart.

The symptoms of acute liver failure may be easy to spot. According to the Mayo Clinic, the serious medical condition could manifest as the following:

  • Yellowing of your skin and eyeballs (jaundice)
  • Pain in your upper right abdomen
  • A swollen belly (ascites)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • A general sense of feeling unwell (malaise)
  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Sleepiness
  • Breath may have a musty or sweet odor
  • Tremors

On a lighter note, Smash Mouth’s song All Star has continued in popularity since it first hit MTV in the late 1990s. The song and its music video were tied to the criminally underrated ’99 comic book film Mystery Men. The song was showing up everywhere and got even more fame when it kicked off our introduction of Shrek‘s title character in 2001.

Since then, All Star and Smash Mouth moved into meme territory, usually showing up with a crash zoom to Shrek’s outhouse in possibly millions of YouTube videos.

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Mike Phalin
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