Tom Hanks leads tributes to Stacy's Mom writer Adam Schlesinger, who died after contracting COVID-19
2 April 2020, 12:13 | Updated: 2 April 2020, 19:18
The world of music and entertainment have reacted to the tragic death of the Fountains of Wayne co-founder, who was also a successful TV and film music writer.
Tributes are continuing to pour in for musician Adam Schlesinger following the news that he tragically passed, aged 52, away after contracting COVID-19.
Stars from across the world of music and entertainment have shared there shock and condolences at the death of the co-founder of Fountains of Wayne - who were most known for their Stacy's Mom hit.
Schlesinger scored an Oscar and a Golden Globe nod for That Thing You Do, which was written for the Tom Hanks-directed film of the same name.
He also wrote songs for and was the executive music producer of the sitcom Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which he won three Emmys for.
See some of the heartbreaking tributes below.
Tom Hanks - who himself tested positive for coronavirus with his wife Rita Wilson last month - called Schlesinger a "One-der".
He added: "Lost him to COVID-19. Terribly sad today. Hanx."
There would be no Playtone without Adam Schlesinger, without his That Thing You Do! He was a One-der. Lost him to Covid-19. Terribly sad today. Hanx— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) April 2, 2020
Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba said he was "grasping for the right words".
I am grasping for the right words. My dear friend Adam Schlesinger has passed away from COVID-19. You know him best through his music. From his band @fountainsofwayn to the countless movies and tv shows he scored, most recently My Crazy Ex Girlfriend (cont’d) pic.twitter.com/to8H4IoLtj— Dashboard Confessional (@dashboardmusic) April 1, 2020
Aline Brosh McKenna the co-creator of the TV musical comedy-drama Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which Schlesinger wrote songs for, wrote on Twitter: "Adam was so funny, so kind, so opinionated, so clever, so passionate. We worked together and agreed and disagreed and rejoiced and bemoaned and celebrated and it felt extra sweet for me because I'd known him so long."I love that guy. I love all the memories."
Elijah Wood called him a "brilliant songwriter".
Ugh. Heartbreaking to hear about Adam Schlesinger having passed. Such a brilliant songwriter.— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) April 1, 2020
Jimmy Kimmel sent his "love to his family, friends and fans."
I am very sorry to hear the terrible news about Adam Schlesinger. I had the pleasure of working with Adam when he wrote the theme to Crank Yankers. He was a kind and super-talented man who will be missed. Sending love to his family, friends and fans.— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 1, 2020
Musician and producer Jack Antonoff said: "adam schlesinger took pop music writing to its classiest and most untouchable place. an honor to live at the same time he made his work."
adam schlesinger took pop music writing to its classiest and most untouchable place. an honor to live at the same time he made his work.— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) April 1, 2020
Stephen King wrote: "RIP Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), fine singer, witty and satiric songwriter. How terrible to lose him at 52 to this virus."
RIP Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), fine singer, witty and satiric songwriter. How terrible to lose him at 52 to this virus.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 2, 2020