The lead singer of American rock band Smash Mouth has announced his retirement from the band. The news, which came as a shock to fans, was announced during a concert in New York leaving fans wondering about Steve Harwell’s wife, family and health concerns.
As fans want to know more about Steve Harwell’s family life, we take a look at his relationships and the reasons behind his retirement.
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Does Steve Harwell have a wife?
Although Steve Harwell, 54, has been previously married and later engaged, he currently appears to be single.
The singer was married to Michelle Laroque in the early 2000s but it isn’t known why they split.
Following his break-up with Laroque, Harwell got engaged to Esther Campbell in early September 2019 after dating for a year. However, the couple had a short engagement as their relationship was over before the end of the month.
Singer’s family life
While married to Michelle Laroque the couple had a child, Presley Scott Harwell.
Born on 26 January 2001, Presley tragically passed away just six months later due to complications from acute lymphocytic leukaemia.
Harwell and Laroque created the Presley Scott Research Foundation For Leukaemia in August 2001. However, the non-profit company has since been dissolved.
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Why has Steve Harwell retired from Smash Mouth?
Harwell announced his departure from Smash Mouth on 9 October during a New York concert, leaving many fans shocked.
His retirement is due to health issues that have been ongoing for several years. As reported by TMZ, Steve Harwell was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy eight years ago, which affects the heart’s ability to pump blood around the body.
This can lead to other medical conditions such as heart failure and Wernicke’s encephalopathy, an acute neurological condition. Symptoms of Wernicke’s encephalopathy include vision change, and loss of muscle co-ordination and mental activity.
If not treated correctly, Wernicke’s encephalopathy can lead to brain damage, which has prompted Harwell to leave the band to focus on his health.
We wish him all the best.