Adam Schlesinger, Fountains of Wayne Singer, Dies at 52 From Coronavirus Complications

Schlesinger was recently hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19.

UPDATE: Adam Schlesinger died on Wednesday from complications due to coronavirus, the New York Times reports. He was 52. 

Schlesinger's friend, Aline Brosh McKenna, mourned his death on social media, opening up about his work on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and how devastating this loss is for his friends and family. 

Fran Drescher also revealed that Schlesinger was writing music for musical. "We will miss you," she wrote on Instagram. 

Tom Hanks wrote, "There would be no Playtone without Adam Schlesinger, without his That Thing You Do! He was a One-der. Lost him to Covid-19. Terribly sad today. Hanx." 

Rachel Bloom tweeted that she's "at a complete loss for words" after hearing the news. 


Adam Schlesinger, co-founder of the band Fountains of Wayne, has been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19.

The "Stacy's Mom" singer has been in a hospital in Upstate New York for over a week, and was put on a ventilator due to complications from coronavirus, Rolling Stone reports.

Schlesinger’s long-time attorney, Josh Grier, told the pop culture magazine that the singer is "heavily sedated" but not in a coma, as some outlets are reporting. 

"The doctors are doing everything they can think of and they're cautiously optimistic," Grier said

Jaime Herman, another attorney for Schlesinger, also shared a statement on Tuesday.

"Thank you for the outpouring of love for Adam and his family. Adam has been hospitalized with COVID-19," the statement, given to Rolling Stone, read. "He's on a ventilator and has been sedated to facilitate his recovery. He is receiving excellent care, his condition is improving and we are cautiously optimistic. His family appreciates all of the love and support."

In addition to Fountains of Wayne, Schlesinger also played with two other bands over the years -- Ivy and Tinted Windows. In 1997, he earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for writing the title track to That Thing You Do! The film starred Tom Hanks, who was the first celebrity to go public with news that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, had contracted coronavirus.

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(This story was originally published Tuesday, March 31 at 11:35 a.m. PT)