Celebs Pay Tribute to Songwriter Adam Schlesinger After COVID-19 Death

Hollywood is honoring Adam Schlesinger after he passed away from coronavirus complications at age 52.

Wednesday, the singer-songwriter’s lawyer, Josh Grier, confirmed his death to Rolling Stone. Previously, in a statement to Entertainment Weekly by his agent, Schlesinger’s girlfriend confirmed that “Adam has been hospitalized with COVID-19” and is “on a ventilator and has been sedated to facilitate his recovery.”

After the news broke, several celebrities — who worked with the Fountains of Wayne band member in varying capacities — paid their respects on social media.

Tom Hanks, who collaborated with Schlesinger on the 1996 film “That Thing You Do!” wrote a tweet crediting Adam’s songwriting with jump-starting his production company, Playtone.

Schlesinger received an Oscar nomination for writing the movie’s titular tune.

(Last month, Hanks announced he and wife Rita Wilson tested positive for COVID-19. After they were quarantined in Australia, the couple returned to Los Angeles on March 27.)

Schlesinger also acted as the composer for The CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” On social media, star and co-creator Rachel Bloom called him “irreplaceable.”

Jimmy Kimmel, who worked with Schlesinger on “Crank Yankers,” added:

Stephen Colbert, who collaborated with Schlesinger on the 2010 Grammy Award-winning comedy album “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!” tweeted:

Schlesinger won three Emmys during his career: one for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and two for his lyrical contributions to the 2011 and 2012 Tony Awards telecasts.

He and ex-wife Katherine Michel share two daughters, Sadie and Claire.


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