Steve Harwell, the founding singer of Smash Mouth, died today at his home in Boise, Idaho, of liver failure, The New York Times reports.
Harwell dealt with alcoholism and numerous health issues in the years preceding his death.
On Instagram, Smash Mouth wrote today, “Steve Harwell was a true American Original.
Before launching Smash Mouth in 1994, Steve Harwell released a single with the rap group F.O.S. (Freedom of Speech) through Scotti Bros. Records.
As it turned out, hip-hop was not for Harwell, who recognized that he might not make it big in the genre.
Harwell formed Smash Mouth with his manager (drummer Kevin Coleman), guitarist Greg Camp, and bassist Paul De Lisle, the latter of whom still tours with the band.
Smash Mouth released their debut studio album, Fush Yu Mang, in July 1997 via Interscope. »