Singer-songwriter Adam Schlesinger, best known for co-founding the US band Fountains Of Wayne, has died as a result of coronavirus complications, Variety has confirmed.

His attorney of 25 years, Josh Grier, reported that Schlesinger was “heavily sedated” and on a ventilator several days prior to his death, and had been in a New York hospital for over a week.

The Emmy and Grammy winning musician formed the music group Fountains of Wayne, who’s best known for their 2003 hit ‘Stacy’s Mom’.

Schlesinger also received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for writing the theme song to the 1996 Tom Hanks film, That Thing You Do!

“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. Hanx,” Tom Hanks wrote on Twitter.


The 52-year-old was also nominated for two Tony Awards, including best musical, for the 2008 Broadway production of Cry-Baby.

Adam Schlesinger is survived by his two daughters.

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