Adam Schlesinger’s Girlfriend Alexis Recalls Their Last Moment Together before He Died of COVID-19
Adam Schlesinger became known as co-founder of Fountains of Wayne - a man whose boundless energy vanished after contracting COVID-19 and his final hours recalled by his girlfriend in an emotional post.
During his career, Adam Schlesinger put his talent to good use in several acclaimed bands while writing songs for Broadway, television shows, and movies.
Sadly, that all came to an end when Adam lost his battle with the novel coronavirus on April 1, at the age of 52. Remembering their final days together, his girlfriend Alexis Morley shared it with her followers on Monday.
I never got to hear his voice again.
Posting a picture of her and Adam, Alexis said that it got taken on March 15 when they met up with a friend for a four-mile walk - the last photo taken of them together before Adam passed.
Late that evening, a fever woke Adam up at 4 am, and Alexis spent the next week trying to nurse him back to health. Even though the fever persisted relentlessly, Adam felt optimistic that he would pull through since he had [his] Alexis to help him through.
But when his condition deteriorated after a week, Alexis took him to the hospital where the stark reality of isolation left her unable to go in with him. The couple remained in contact via texting, but then Adam's condition took a turn for the worst again.
"He kept telling me how much he loved me and thanked me for 'saving [his] life,'" Alexis wrote. "The next morning, he was intubated. I never got to hear his voice again."
At 3 am on April 1, a day after being intubated, Alexis got the dreaded call from the hospital that Adam "wasn't going to make it."
Missing our partner, Adam Schlesinger. The songs and the stupid promo videos will never be the same. pic.twitter.com/uFlMvGdVGg— Jack Dolgen (@jackdolgen) April 11, 2020
Since visitors of any kind are not allowed into the COVID-19 units, the medical personnel made special arrangements for Alexis to spend Adam's final hour with him, a gesture she is eternally grateful for, as she wrote:
"I’m so thankful that I got to spend that one final hour with him. I like to think he could sense us there, but he was deeply unconscious."
Adam worked right up until the time he contracted the virus. The most recent project being the completion of an off-Broadway adaptation of "The Bedwetter," Sarah Silverman's memoir. With the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic, its spring premiere inevitably got postponed.
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💔💔💔 This is the last photo taken of Adam and me, March 15. We went on a gorgeous, 4 mile walk that day with our friend @davidwatts1978, after driving upstate from NYC the day before. It sounds out of character, but in the past year Adam had grown open to, and eventually enthusiastic about, long walks outdoors (we just weren’t allowed to call them “hikes”). This one was “Poets’ Walk” in Red Hook. We’d gone there before, mostly because we liked the name and had lots of jokes about the “poets” we hoped to see (we envisioned old, cartoonishly-tweedy guys, ambling, hands clasped behind backs, gazing to the sky in search of “inspiration”). That night he woke up at 4am with a fever. We spent such a sweet week together, our roles kind of reversed because usually Adam was the one to take care of me. I tried to keep him comfortable, nurse him back to health, as we waited for the fever to break. We were sure it would—just like any other crappy flu. He said, “I’m ok. I have my Alexis.” But 7 days later things got worse and I brought him to the hospital. I wasn’t allowed to walk in with him. I drove home alone through a snowstorm terrified (the first time I’d driven a car in years), but we spent the night texting, making cute jokes, confident he’d be ok. He kept telling me how much he loved me and thanked me for “saving [his] life”😪. The next morning he was intubated. I never got to hear his voice again. After 10 days of me, our incredible families, and friends drawing on every resource possible trying to help, I got a 3am call from the hospital. He wasn’t going to make it. I asked if there was any way I could see him (a cruelty of the pandemic is a strict ban on visitors). They made special arrangements to allow me into the covid unit: a low-lit, grim, heavy place; the medical workers and I obscured by layers of PPE. But Adam looked sweet, peaceful, beautiful. I’m so thankful that I got to spend that one final hour with him—and that I could connect Sadie & Claire and Bobbi & Steve through my phone’s facetime too. I’d like to think he could sense us there, but he was deeply unconscious. (CONT in comment) #adamschlesinger#fountainsofwayne #ivyband @adam_schlesinger
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