Tom Hanks, Rachel Bloom & Other Stars Mourn Adam Schlesinger Who Died of Coronavirus at 52
Celebrities mourn the loss of Adam Schlesinger, the award-winning songwriter, and Fountains of Wayne band member who died after being diagnosed with the coronavirus.
A week after being hospitalized and testing positive for the coronavirus, Adam Schlesinger passed away at the age of 52.
Known for his superb songwriting contributions in television, theater, and film, Adam worked with a wide variety of celebrities who took to social media to pay tribute to the "Stacy's Mom" singer.
Back in 1996, Adam worked with Tom Hanks on the movie "That Thing You Do!" and the actor credited Adam's talent for songwriting with getting his production company up and running. In his tribute to Adam, Tom wrote:
“There would be no Playtone without Adam Schlesinger. He was a One-der. Lost him to Covid-19. Terribly sad today.”
Adam earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song in the 1996 film, but that was not the only award. In total, he got nominated for awards eleven times and walked away with the honors five times, one of which was for his contribution to the series "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" in 2015.
Rachel Bloom, who starred in the series called Adam "irreplaceable" after his passing on April 1, and felt at a "complete loss for words" when she heard the news.
Adam leaves behind his ex-wife, Katherine Michel, whom he divorced in 2013 after fourteen years of marriage and his two daughters Claire and Sadie.
Jimmy Kimmel also worked with Adam in the past, and the television host referred to him as a " super-talented man" he enjoyed working with.
Similarly, Stephen Colbert expressed his sadness on the loss of a "great and talented artist" while Kathy Griffin expressed her heartbreak in a touching post:
Oh god. Adam Schlesinger was wildly talented. He graciously wrote the theme song to my “KATHY” talk show called “I’ll say it” He was so patient with me as I was recording it in the booth, guiding me at every step. He did the gig as a favor, in a little home studio on a Saturday💔 https://t.co/SpTdcoBIco— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) April 1, 2020
Since earning his first credit as a music supervisor in the 1995 series "House of Buggin'," Adam went on to earn over 100 combined credits for his work on compositions, soundtracks, and in the music department.
Last week, the music industry lost a legend when famed trumpeter Wallace Roney died at the age of 59 after suffering complications due to the coronavirus.
Mentored by Miles Davis, Wallace became one of the most legendary jazz musicians. In a statement by his publicist Lydia Liebman, she confirmed that he passed away shortly before noon on March 25.
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