Fountains of Wayne co-founder Adam Schlesinger has died. He was 52.
Schlesinger died due to complications from the Coronavirus (COVID-19.) His death was confirmed to Rolling Stone by Schlesinger’s lawyer, Josh Grier.
Schlesinger formed Fountains of Wayne with Chris Collingwood in 1995. From 1996 through 2011, the band would release five studio albums with their biggest hit coming from 2003’s Welcome Interstate Managers with “Stacy’s Mom.”
In addition to Fountains of Wayne, Schlesinger was a member of two other bands: Ivy and Tinted Windows, which also featured Taylor Hanson, James Iha and Bun E. Carlos.
Outside of bands, Schlesinger had a prolific career composing music for TV and film. He was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe in 1997 for “That Thing You Do,” the title track from the film That Thing You Do! about a 1960’s one-hit-wonder band. He also served as one of the primary composers and the executive music producer for CW’s musical dramedy series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. During the show’s four-season run, Schlesinger won an Emmy in 2019 for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for “Anti-Depressants are So Not a Big Deal.”