Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger dead at 52 from complications related to COVID-19

Schlesigner was hospitalized in New York from complications related to the coronavirus earlier this week

Adam Schlesinger, co-founder of the New Jersey power-pop group Fountains of Wayne, died Wednesday at the age of 52 from complications related to COVID-19. The singer-songwriter had been hospitalized due to the coronavirus earlier this week.

Schlesinger was a prolific songwriter who crafted songs for not only Fountains of Wayne, but for numerous films and television programs. He earned an Oscar nomination for his work on the 1996 Tom Hanks film That Thing That You Do!

Formed in 1995, Fountains of Wayne released five studio albums between 1996 and 2011. In 2003, the band released Welcome Interstate Managers, which included the Grammy-nominated single “Stacy’s Mom.”

Schlesinger was born October 31st, 1967, and grew up in Manhattan before his family moved to New Jersey.