Adam Schlesinger, the prolific songwriter and member of Fountains of Wayne and Ivy, has been hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus. He is not in a coma, Billboard can confirm, and his condition is improving.
Schlesinger’s longtime attorney Josh Grier tells Billboard that Schlesinger “tested positive for the virus, and has been hospitalized on a ventilator.” He has been receiving “excellent medical” care for over a week, and the hospital has seen an improvement in his condition.
Schlesinger’s family also provided the following statement via his attorney Jaime Herman to Billboard: “Thank you for the outpouring of love for Adam and his family. Adam has been hospitalized with COVID-19. He’s on a ventilator and has been sedated to facilitate his recovery. He is receiving excellent care, his condition is improving and we are cautiously optimistic. His family appreciates all of the love and support.”
The 52-year-old pop savant has three Emmys and a Grammy in his collection, and an Oscar nomination for “That Thing That You Do,” the title track to the 1996 Tom Hanks-directed film.
Born in New York City, Schlesinger has an enviable track record as a producer, engineer and songwriter across film (That Thing You Do!), TV (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Sesame Street), theater (Cry-Baby: The Musical) and with several music projects, including Brooklyn duo Fever High.
Fountains of Wayne enjoyed their biggest hit with “Stacey’s Mom,” which hit No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2003.
This article was updated to correct an error in Schlesinger’s condition — he is not in a coma, as we previously reported.