Fox News has reported that musician and songwriter Adam Schlesinger died of complications related to coronavirus on Wednesday at the age of 52.
Schlesinger was known for his role in the band Fountains of Wayne, which released such hits as 2003’s “Stacy’s Mom” and the 1996 single “Radiation Vibe.”
“He’s very sick and is heavily sedated, as are all people on ventilators, but no one has used the word ‘coma’ to me,” Schlesinger’s long-time attorney Josh Grier told Variety on Tuesday when reports of Schlesinger’s illness began to emerge.
Condition deteriorated rapidly
Bandmate Chris Collingwood tweeted out a hopeful statement from Schlesinger’s family on Tuesday as well, writing, “Thank you for the outpouring of love for Adam and his family.”
“Adam has been hospitalized for COVID-19. 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.” The statement concludes by saying, “His family appreciates all of the love and support.”
Schlesinger’s girlfriend wished to remain anonymous, but she too was hopeful, telling Fox News, “Adam has been hospitalized with COVID-19. He is in critical condition but his condition is improving slightly and we are cautiously optimistic.”
However, those hopes were dashed on Wednesday when Grier told the Associated Press that Schlesinger had passed away at a hospital in New York state.
Fellow entertainers “devastated”
There was an outpouring of grief online for the fallen musician, with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) calling Schlesinger’s death a “sad, sad loss for Jersey’s music scene.”
Actor Tom Hanks expressed sadness as well, tweeting, “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.” Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were both diagnosed with coronavirus earlier this year in Australia.
The Northeast has become the epicenter for America’s coronavirus outbreak, with the largest number of deaths occurring in New York City, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.
In his Tuesday COVID-19 briefing, President Trump said that Americans were in for “a very painful two weeks” and that fatalities could stretch into the hundreds of thousands, according to Fox News.