Fountains of Wayne frontman Adam Schlesinger died Wednesday of complications from the coronavirus. He was 52.
It comes following reports the day before that he was “very sick and heavily sedated” per his attorney, Josh Grier, at a hospital in upstate New York after being there for more than a week. (RELATED: LIVE UPDATES: Here’s What Every State In America Is Doing To Combat The Spread Of The Coronavirus)
Adam Schlesinger, who enjoyed his greatest commercial success as a musician with Fountains of Wayne, has died of COVID-19. He was 52. https://t.co/4FF4FVwKTh
— NPR (@NPR) April 1, 2020
Schlesinger and the band scored their biggest hit with the catchy pop song, “Stacy’s Mom,” which earned them two Grammy nominations in 2003 for best new artist and for best pop performance by a group. (RELATED: Pearl Jam Postpones North American Tour Over Growing Coronavirus Concerns)
Shortly after news broke about the singer’s death, celebrities from all over tweeted about the loss of the talented artist.
Fuck. The world is suddenly a much shittier place without Adam Schlesinger in it. RIP pal. October 31, 1967-April 1, 2020
“What else is new?
What can I do?
But sing this valley winter song
I wrote for you” – Fountains of Wayne 2003
— Counting Crows (@CountingCrows) April 2, 2020
He earned an Oscar nomination for writing the theme song to That Thing You Do and was also a 10-time Emmy nominee. pic.twitter.com/vT6ZAWAgku
— Peter Guy (@Getintothis) April 2, 2020
RIP Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), fine singer, witty and satiric songwriter. How terrible to lose him at 52 to this virus.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 2, 2020
We will miss you… Adam Schlesinger died of Covid 19 at age 52 today. He was writing the Music for The Nanny Musical. Devasted My prayers are for you. May peace be with you… https://t.co/bQ4aMznKk4
— Fran Drescher (@frandrescher) April 1, 2020
I am very sorry to hear the terrible news about Adam Schlesinger. I had the pleasure of working with Adam when he wrote the theme to Crank Yankers. He was a kind and super-talented man who will be missed. Sending love to his family, friends and fans.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 1, 2020
Oh god. Adam Schlesinger was wildly talented. He graciously wrote the theme song to my “KATHY” talk show called “I’ll say it” He was so patient with me as I was recording it in the booth, guiding me at every step. He did the gig as a favor, in a little home studio on a Saturday https://t.co/SpTdcoBIco
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) April 1, 2020
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
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) April 2, 2020