Steve Harwell dies at 56: Tributes pour in for Smash Mouth frontman

Former Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell has died at the age of 56. On Monday, September 4, Harwell's agent, Robert Hayes, confirmed the news of Harwell's death to multiple media outlets, including Rolling Stone , saying that Harwell was "calm and peaceful." Passed away "comfortably" surrounded by his family and friends.

"Steve Harwell was a true American original. A larger-than-life character who soared into the sky like a Roman candle," Hayes added in a separate statement to Variety . "Steve should be remembered for his unwavering focus and passionate determination to reach the heights of pop stardom. The fact that he achieved this nearly impossible goal with very limited musical experience makes his achievement all the more remarkable. His only tools were his irrepressible charisma and charisma, his fearless, reckless ambition and his oversized cajon. Steve lives his life full steam ahead, 100 percent. Burning brightly throughout the universe before burning out. "

In 1994, Harwell co-founded the rock band Smash Mouth with drummer Kevin Coleman, guitarist Greg Camp and bassist Paul De Lisle, and went on to create a string of hits, including "All Star," "Walkin' on the Sun," ” and “ I am a believer. "

In 2021, Harwell quit the band due to physical and mental health issues. On September 3, 2023, just one day before Harwell's death, head coach Hayes confirmed that Harwell was receiving hospice care and was in the final stages of his life.

News of Harwell's death sparked a huge response from fans and celebrities online, with many sharing tributes on social media, including the official Smash Mouth Twitter account, which wrote in a statement: "RIP Just sit back and relax knowing you're aiming for the stars and magically hitting your mark."

Here are more social media tributes to Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell.