Adam Schlesinger, co-founder of Fountains of Wayne, has died due to complications from coronavirus. He was 52.
Josh Grier, Schlesinger’s attorney, confirmed the news to The New York Times. Grier confirmed that Schlesinger had been hospitalized in Upstate New York after testing positive for COVID-19, earlier this week. Schlesinger was said to be “very sick,” “heavily sedated,” and breathing with the assistance of a ventilator. “The doctors are doing everything they can think of and they’re cautiously optimistic,” Grier said at the time.
Born in 1967, Schlesinger formed the indie-pop band Ivy in 1991 Ivy after responding to a classified ad posted by Andy Chase. He continued playing bass for the band even after he teamed up with Chris Collingwood to form Fountains of Wayne in 1996. Though they released a string of albums and singles, it would be 2003’s hit song “Stacy’s Mom” that would prove to be their most successful. The band would go on to release two more albums before going on hiatus in 2013. Schlesinger is also known for creating the title track for the Tom Hanks movie That Thing You Do!, which received an Oscar nomination in 1997.
In later years, Schlesinger served as the music producer on The CW series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. In 2019, he earned his first Emmy victory for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics for the song “Antidepressants Are So Not A Big Deal.”