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Smash Mouth singer’s infant son dies

August 1, 2001

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— The rock group Smash Mouth has canceled immediate tour dates after the death of its lead singer's infant son.

Presley Scott Harwell, son of Steve Harwell and Michelle Laroque, died Saturday of complications from acute lymphocytic leukemia, tour manager Scotty Haulter said.

The child, born Jan. 26, became ill Thursday, Haulter said.

The San Jose, Calif.-based group was in Minot, N.D., when members learned that Harwell's son was critically ill at Sunrise Children's Hospital in Las Vegas. Presley died early Saturday morning.

Monday night's performance in Great Falls, Mont., and Tuesday's appearance in Kellogg, Idaho, were canceled. The group did not know when it would resume its schedule.

"They're taking it one day at a time," said Terry Wang, the band's tour representative. "They were mainly scheduled to do radio shows and summer fair-type appearances."

Smash Mouth recently covered the Monkees' "I'm A Believer" for the "Shrek" soundtrack and has toured with Sugar Ray, Third Eye Blind and Blur. The band's hits include "All Star" and "Walkin' On The Sun."

A memorial service was conducted Tuesday in Las Vegas, where Harwell lives. Presley Harwell was an only child.

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