Steve Harwell, the lead singer of the rock band Smash Mouth, was admitted to the hospital for trouble breathing on Thursday, August 31st, reported Hollywood Life. The singer suffers from a form of heart disease, so he was concerned about the symptoms. Harwell was hospitalized after a soundcheck, and he had to cancel the show that night.
Harwell, 50, was rushed to the hospital in an Uber, says the source, after he began having trouble breathing before a show at the New Daisy Theatre in Memphis, TN. He then alerted his tour manager that he would be unable to perform that night. The show was promptly cancelled.
However, Harwell is doing well after receiving treatment: oxygen, IVs, steroids, and inhalers from doctors at the hospital. He expects to be released by midday on September 1st, and he will be able to perform with Smash Mouth tonight. The band has a sold-out show at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, IL.
Harwell told TMZ that he was “suffering the effects of cardiomyopathy." Cardiomyopathy is a disease where the heart cannot pump blood efficiently, and it becomes enlarged. The report also says that Steve has had for two years. It can flare up due to drinking or a virus. Steve says he wasn't drinking; he had been feeling poorly for four days before the incident grew serious enough to merit a hospital visit.
The New Daisy Theatre, where Smash Mouth was supposed to perform on the 31st, posted a statement on their Facebook, explaining why the show had been cancelled. They also announced they would reschedule the show or fans could get refunds from their point of purchase.
“Due to an emergency illness with a member of the band, tonight’s show is now cancelled,” they wrote. “We are immediately working on a reschedule date. All currently purchased tickets will apply to the new date. If you would like a refund, please reach out to your point of purchase.”
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