Musician and songwriter highly regarded for his work as a member of Fountains of Wayne and an Emmy-winning songwriter for TV’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Adam Schlesinger, has died as a result of coronavirus complications, at the age of 52.

Schlesinger passed away on Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, his attorney Josh Grier stated that he was “very sick and heavily sedated.” He had been in an upstate New York hospital for more than a week at that time, Grier said.

“As many of you are aware, Adam had been hospitalized with COVID-19 and although he had been making some small improvements over the last few days, Adam’s condition was critical and he was ultimately unable to recover from COVID-19 complications,” read a statement from Grier. “He was truly a prolific talent and even more so, a loving and devoted father, son and friend.”


News of his illness prompted an outpouring of well-wishes from the music industry and beyond, as did the word of his passing.

“I am grasping for the right words. My dear friend Adam Schlesinger has passed away from COVID-19,” wrote Dashboard Confessional singer Chris Carrabba on Twitter. “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.

An EGOT contender, Schlesinger has been nominated for an Oscar, Tony, Grammy and Emmy and won the latter two awards. At the 2018 Emmys, he was up for two trophies for his Crazy Ex-Girlfriend work and picked up one, winning in the outstanding original music and lyrics category for the song “Antidepressants Are So Not A Big Deal” (shared with the show’s star, Rachel Bloom, and Jack Dolgen). He was a 10-time Emmy nominee in all, five of those for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, for which he served as an executive music producer. Five more nominations came for his contributions to the Tony Awards, Sesame Street and a Stephen Colbert Christmas special.

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