Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger Passes Away at 52 from COVID-19 Complications


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Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne has passed away at 52 due to complications with coronavirus (COVID-19)

Fountains of Wayne songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Schlesinger has passed away at the age of 52 from complications with coronavirus (COVID-19).

Schlesinger’s lawyer, Josh Grier, confirmed the news of his death to Rolling Stone. Schlesinger was hospitalized last month, according to the publication, and tested positive for the coronavirus. He was also placed on a ventilator.

In Fountains of Wayne, Schlesinger was praised for his songwriting chops. He was was nominated for two Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for the song “Stacy’s Mom,” which because a major pop-rock hit.

Fountains of Wayne released five studio albums and notched a pair of chart-topping hits with the tracks “Stacy’s Mom” and “Radiation Vibe.” He was also in the bands Ivy and Tinted Windows.

Schlesinger was also a prolific songwriter for movies and television, best known for penning the title track for the 1997 Tom Hanks movie, “That Thing You Do.” He co-wrote songs for the Broadway adaptation of John Waters’ “Cry-Baby” and Broadway’s “An Act of God.”

Schlesinger also scored an Emmy for his work on the music for the CW series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and was nominated for multiple other Emmy Awards.

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