Coronavirus has taken yet another victim. This time it was Adam Schlesinger, the co-founder of the band Fountains of Wayne. The Oscar-nominated songwriter was only 52 years old.
The band’s attorney provided a statement to CNN, saying:
“As many of you are aware, Adam had been hospitalized with Covid-19 and although he had been making some small improvements over the last few days, Adam’s condition was critical and he was ultimately unable to recover from Covid-19 complications.”
“He was truly a prolific talent and even more so, a loving and devoted father, son and friend. We are terribly sorry to convey this loss,” read the statement.
Fountains of Wayne was best known for their song, “Stacy’s Mom,” a 2003 hit that involved a young boy who was crushing hard on his friend’s mother. The song ended up being nominated for a Grammy.
However, Schlesinger was successful even before that as a songwriter. He helped write the title track to “That Thing You Do,” for the 1996 Tom Hanks film, and received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for his work.
Schlesinger didn’t stop there. Even after his success with Fountains of Wayne, he continued to win nominations for other work, including working on the musical “Cry-Baby”, and collaborations with “Sesame Street” and Stephen Colbert.
Just last year, he won an Emmy for a song he helped write for CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” a show he wrote more than 100 songs for, which earned him several nominations over the years.
Schlesinger’s family released a statement on Twitter this past week using cellphones that confirmed he had been diagnosed with coronavirus. He was sedated and placed on a ventilator to “facilitate his recovery.”
“He is receiving excellent care, his condition is improving and we are cautiously optimistic,” read the statement. “His family appreciates all of the love and support.”
As news of his illness spread, many in the music industry sent well wishes hoping that the singer would pull through. Others wrote condolences as they learned of his passing.
Singer Chris Carrabba from Dashboard Confessional posted on Twitter, “I am grasping for the right words. My dear friend Adam Schlesinger has passed away from Covid-19. I knew him best as a mentor and a friend.”
“We must take this seriously,” he continued. “People are sick and dying. It is hard to stay locked indoors but lives will be saved. Take care of each other. Rest in Peace, my dear friend.”