Friends and admirers of Fountains of Wayne co-founder Adam Schlesinger, 52, posted their well-wishes Tuesday (March 31) after it was revealed that the prolific songwriter best known for the hit “Stacey’s Mom” and his contribution to TV and film (That Thing You Do!, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) has been hospitalized with COVID-19.
Schlesinger’s longtime attorney told Billboard that after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, the singer/songwriter has been hospitalized and is on a ventilator for over a week as his condition improves. Among those sending positive vibes is Ford v Ferrari actor Jon Bernthal, who wrote, “This is my big cousin Adam. As a little boy I would be mesmerized by his talent. He showed me how cool it was to be an artist. We love you Cuz. Stay strong.”
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator and star Rachel Bloom asked followers to “keep Adam in your thoughts and prayers. It’s been an extremely scary week” and I Love You, Now Die director Erin Lee Carr said she was “thinking about your music, your words, your family but most of all you.” Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson called Schlesinger a “huge inspiration to me” and paid him musical tribute, while Triumph the Insult Comic Dog reposted a song Schlesinger contributed to the Colbert Christmas special.
Check out some of the other tweets below.
— Barenaked Ladies (@barenakedladies) March 31, 2020
— Chris Collingwood (@lookpark) March 31, 2020
thinking of Adam and sending he and his family love right now. https://t.co/zP5bbejFD5
— Vella Lovell (@vellalovell) March 31, 2020
We love you Adam and am so grateful to the medical staff in NYC and God your condition is improving. This one hits home pretty hard. 💚
Take a moment and send gratitude to your local medical staff working around the clock trying to save lives, save our friends and family. https://t.co/oCiayhSB3y
— Gabrielle Ruiz (@gabrielleruiz) March 31, 2020
I know prayers alone aren't always the answer but right now I'm praying for my kind, brilliant friend Adam Schlesinger. Please listen to this beautiful song and maybe say a prayer for him too. – RS @StephenAtHome @ElvisCostello @davidjaverbaumhttps://t.co/7fnTHxuYR0
— Triumph® ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴsᴜʟᴛ ᴄᴏᴍɪᴄ ᴅᴏɢ™ Headquarters💩 (@TriumphICDHQ) March 31, 2020
This is my big cousin Adam. As a little boy I would be mesmerized by his talent. He showed me how cool it was to be an artist. We love you Cuz. Stay strong. Bless you and all of the hero’s at the hospital on the front line. Please keep Adam in your heart. https://t.co/V8fa8HzgyN
— Jon Bernthal (@jonnybernthal) March 31, 2020
Our thoughts are with Adam Schlesinger. His work in @fountainsofwayn and beyond make the world better.
— QUIET COMPANY (@quietcompanytx) March 31, 2020
Adam Schlesinger Of Fountains Of Wayne In Coma, On Ventilator Because Of Coronavirus https://t.co/CWxf0zQBiD via @Deadline My God! I don’t know what words to say…I was with him a month and a half ago. Love this man. It’s now crossed over to my friends and loved ones.
— Matt Pinfield (@mattpinfield) March 31, 2020