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Smash Mouth Singer Steve Harwell Retires After Performance Goes Viral on TikTok

Smash Mouth Singer Steve Harwell Retires After Performance Goes Viral on TikTok

Smash Mouth‘s Steve Harwell is leaving the band.

The 54-year-old performer confirmed he is retiring from music to work on his physical and mental health, via his rep on Tuesday (October 12) to The New York Post.

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Steve has been dealing with long-term medical issues over the last eight years and during his last performance at the Big Sip stage, he suffered numerous symptoms directly linked with his current medical situation. As of today, Steve will be retiring from Smash Mouth to focus on his physical and mental health,” the rep said.

The band performed at Big Sip festival earlier in the month, and a TikTok user shared clips of the performance, describing it as “chaotic.”

“This unfortunate recording has now been taken out of context and his ailments used against him to paint him as someone who he isn’t,” an insider told the outlet.

He was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy eight years ago and has suffered from heart failure and acute Wernicke encephalopathy.

“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,” his rep said.

Smash Mouth will not be breaking up and will continue to perform as they search for a replacement.

“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. 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,” he said in a statement.

“To our loyal and amazing fans, thank you, all of this was possible because of you. I’ve tried so hard to power through my physical and mental health issues and to play in front of you one last time, but I just wasn’t able to. I am so grateful to each and every one of you who has helped Smash Mouth sell over 10 million albums worldwide, put us on top of radio charts and those who have kept ‘All Star’ relevant as one of the top memes on the internet today. I cannot wait to see what Smash Mouth accomplishes next and am looking forward to counting myself as one of the band’s newest fans.”

The group also faced backlash recently regarding another superstar.

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