Fountains of Wayne frontman Adam Schlesinger has died following a battle against the coronavirus. He was 52 years old.
The Grammy-winning musician passed away Wednesday in an upstate New York hospital, according to his attorney, Josh Grier. Schlesinger had been heavily sedated and on a ventilator for several days leading up to his death, Grier says.
The father of two daughters, Schlesinger first found stardom as a member of Fountains of Wayne, which scored hits with 1996’s “Radiation Vibe” and 2003’s “Stacy’s Mom.” In addition to 10 Grammy nods, Schlesinger received an Oscar nomination for writing the title song for 1997’s “That Thing You Do,” directed by Tom Hanks. Hanks, who’s recovering from COVID-19 himself, reacted to the news of Schlesinger’s passing by saying he’s “terribly sad today.”
Tom Hanks has led an outpouring of tributes to Adam Schlesinger, the late Fountains of Wayne vocalist who passed from Coronavirus at age 52 Wednesday.
Hanks tweeted his love for Schlesinger, who wrote the title track for Hanks’ smash 1996 film That Thing You Do!, saying “There would be no Playtone without Adam and his ‘That Thing You Do’. Terribly sad day.”
Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carraba also expressed his grief over the loss of the “Stacy’s Mom” singer, tweeting “I am grasping for the right words.”
Did you know that Schlesinger was so instrumental to the success of Tom Hanks’ 1996 film That Thing You Do!?