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On Wednesday, April 1, 52-year-old American singer-songwriter Adam Schlesinger, died after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

Josh Grier, Schlesinger’s attorney, confirmed the news. On Tuesday, March 31, Grier said that Schlesinger was heavily sedated and very sick. During that time, Schlesinger had already been hospitalized for over a week in upstate New York.

Schlesinger has two daughters namely Sadie and Claire, whom he shared with his ex-wife Katherine Michel. Schlesinger was married for 14 years to the graphic designer from 1999 to 2013.

He was famous for his work collaboration with Fountains of Wayne. The singer-songwriter went write tracks for the stage, film and television.

Throughout his entire career, he received several accolades. Some of which are Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for the songs he has written in That Thing You Do!, Tom Hanks’ 1996 directorial debut. Fountains of Wayne carried on and eventually, in 2003, the rock band earned two Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for their hit single “Stacy’ s Mom.”

Schlesinger together with David Javerbaum garnered two Tony Award nominations in 2008 for Best Musical and Best Original Score for Cry-baby. In 2009, the duo was once again recognized with an Outstanding Music and Lyrics Emmy for “Much Worse Things,” which is a song they wrote for Stephen Colbert’s A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!

During the recent years, the Fountains of Wayne cofounder acquired the role of being Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s executive music producer. In 2019, he received multiple Emmy nods and won Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song “Antidepressants Are So Not a Big Deal.”

Schlesinger also received nominations for his commendable work on Sesame Street and the Tony Awards broadcasts.

As for some of his other projects, he had written and produced tracks for 2007’s Music and Lyrics¸ and even wrote a song for the Jonas Brothers, and worked with Sarah Silverman for the forthcoming adaptation of her book, The Bedwetter.

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Schlesinger may have passed away very suddenly, but he will be remembered well by the entire music industry and will continue living on in the hearts of the people who love him – including his family particularly his two daughters, his dearest friends and colleagues, his fans, and the many people he has inspired throughout his lifetime.

As reported earlier, country singer Joe Diffie passed away due to COVID-19.

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