Fountains of Wayne Co-Founder Adam Schlesinger Dead From COVID-19

Fountains of Wayne Co-Founder Adam Schlesinger Dead From COVID-19

Adam Schlesinger, the co-founder of rock band Fountains of Wayne and the Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning songwriter of That Thing You Do and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, has died from coronavirus-related complications.

The musician was hospitalized more than a week ago in upstate NY after falling ill, according to his lawyer Jaime Herman.

Adam Schlesinger, lead singer of Fountains of Wayne, has passed away from COVID-19. You know him best through his music. We should take this severely. It's onerous to remain locked indoors however lives can be saved. Take care of each other.

Rest in peace, Adam Schlesinger. The snappy pop ditty was the fictional one hit for a Beatles-esque band called the One-ders, later changed to the Wonders, on a label called Playtone, a name Hanks adopted for his production company. "How awful to lose him at 52 to this virus".

Bloom wrote, "I have so much to say about Adam Schlesinger that I am at a complete loss for words".

Schlesinger was also nominated for 10 Emmys for writing comedic songs across several television shows, like The CW's series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

She paid tribute on Twitter, saying she had known Schlesinger since the early 1990s.

And co-creator Aline Brosch McKenna wrote that "Adam was so amusing, so kind, so opinionated, so clever, so passionate". "I love all the memories". "He is irreplaceable", the show's star and co-creator Rachel Bloom wrote.

Rick Springfield, an elder statesman of all things power pop, wrote: "Adam Schlesinger was one talented man and the world will be a less tuneful place without him". "Thank You for outpouring love for Adam and his family".

In 2008, Schlesinger received two Tony nominations for Best Musical and Best Original Score for the musical Cry-Baby.

Schlesinger was the bassist and co-songwriter in New Jersey's Fountains Of Wayne alongside vocalist / guitarist Chris Collingwood, best known for hits including Stacy's Mom, Hey Julie and Sink To The Bottom.

The band formed in 1995 and became inactive in 2013.

The duo worked together for Hanks" film "That Thing You Do', which earned him Oscar and Golden Globes nominations.

He went on to win Emmy and Grammy awards for his soundtrack work on Crazy Ex Girlfriend, and A Colbert Christmas.

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