'Stacy's Mom' songwriter Adam Schlesinger dies from complications due to coronavirus
Terribly sad news.
Adam Schlesinger, a Grammy and Emmy-winning songwriter and musician, has passed away as a result of complications due to the Covid-19 virus. He was 52.
Schlesinger was also known as the bassist and songwriter in pop-punk band Fountains of Wayne, who had a massive hit with their song 'Stacy's Mom,' written by Schlesinger.
He also worked on several other beloved projects, including the TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and 1997 musical comedy That Thing You Do!, which was directed by Tom Hanks. He received an Oscar-nomination for his work on the latter.
Tributes have poured in for the late musician, with Chris Carraba of Dashboard Confessional writing: "I knew him best as a mentor, and a friend. We must take this seriously. People are sick and dying. It is hard to stay locked indoors but lives will be saved. Take care of each other. Rest In Peace, my dear friend."
TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel wrote: "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."
Former colleague Tom Hanks tweeted: "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 has also been diagnosed with the virus along with his wife Rita Wilson, while working in Australia.
Rachel Bloom, creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, wrote: "I have so much to say about Adam Schlesinger that I am at a complete loss for words. He is irreplaceable."