Adam Schlesinger’s girlfriend, Alexis Morley, is speaking out about her last memories with the late Fountains of Wayne member and songwriter, who was also known for his Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated work in TV and film. He died from coronavirus complications on April 1 at age 52.
Morley shared what she says is “the last photo taken of Adam and me, March 15” on Instagram Sunday night (April 26), weeks after Schlesinger’s passing. That day, before Schlesinger fell ill and tested positive for COVID-19, the couple were taking “a gorgeous, 4 mile walk that day” in upstate New York.
“It sounds out of character, but in the past year Adam had grown open to, and eventually enthusiastic about, taking long walks outdoors (we just weren’t allowed to call them ‘hikes’),” she wrote. “This one was ‘Poets’ Walk’ in Red Hook. We’d gone there before, mostly because we liked the name and had lots of jokes about all the ‘poets’ we’d see (we envisioned old, cartoonishly-tweedy guys, ambling around, hands clasped behind backs, gazing into the sky for ‘inspiration’).”
“That night he woke up at 4am with a high fever,” she recalled. “We spent such a sweet week together, our roles kind of reversed because usually Adam was the one to take care of me. I tried to keep him comfortable, nurse him back to health, as we waited for the fever to break. We were sure it would, just like any other crappy flu.”
But when Schlesinger’s health worsened, she drove him to the hospital — though she was not allowed to go inside with him.
“We spent the night texting, making cute jokes, feeling optimistic. He kept telling me how much he loved me and thanked me for saving his life. The next morning he was intubated and I never got to hear his voice again,” she wrote.
Ten days later, she “got a 3am call from the hospital telling me he wasn’t going to make it.”
Morley says the hospital “made special arrangements for me to be allowed into the covid unit” to see him once more.
“It was a low-lit, grim, heavy place, the medical workers and I all hidden under layers and layers of PPE. But Adam looked sweet, peaceful, beautiful,” she said. She was able to FaceTime his family from the hospital. “I like to think he could sense us all there,” she added, “but he was deeply unconscious.”
In a comment under her original post, she continued: “Shortly after I arrived back at the house, Jordan, a male nurse who’d been so wonderfully compassionate in the covid unit, called to tell me that Adam had just passed, peacefully, He was holding his hand as it happened. It had been a dark, overcast day, but at that moment the sun came out for just a few minutes and lit up the entire sky. I love you so, so much, Adam.”
See her heartbreaking post in full below.