Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell was rushed to the hospital on Thursday night after he suffered from breathing problems in the hours before a planned concert in Memphis, Tennessee.
The 50-year-old star was in the middle of a sound check when he suddenly found himself short of breath, TMZ reported. Harwell told his tour manager that he was in no shape to perform in front of a crowd and was subsequently taken to the emergency room in the back of an Uber.
“Due to an emergency illness with a member of the band, tonight’s show is now cancelled,” wrote the New Daisy Theatre on its Facebook page. “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.”
Once under doctors’ supervision, Harwell was reportedly informed that he was the victim of symptoms related to cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease that renders the heart muscle enlarged and weak, unable to pump enough blood to sustain life.
According to Harwell, he has felt unwell for nearly a week but was able to perform without issue until Thursday night, when his conditioned deteriorated so much that he felt forced to seek medical attention. In hospital, Harwell has been placed on a treatment regimen involving oxygen, intravenous fluids, steroids, and inhalers.
While the condition typically surfaces in those who drink heavily, Harwell claims he was not drinking. The only other explanation for his symptom stems from a viral infection; word has not yet surfaced as to the true cause of Harwell’s malady.
The singer – whose popularity has spiked in recent months after his song, “All Star,” became the subject of a slew of internet memes – hopes to be released from the hospital by noon Friday and continue to perform as scheduled.