Adam Schlesinger, the Grammy- and Emmy-winning performer and songwriter best known for his work with the rock band Fountains of Wayne and the TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” has been hospitalized for a week with coronavirus, according to his family
“Thank you for the outpouring of love for Adam and his family,” Schlesinger’s family said in a statement on Tuesday through his attorney Jaime Herman. “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.”
Despite earlier reports, the 52-year-old rocker, producer and songwriter has not been placed in a medically induced coma.
Schlesinger has earned three Emmy Awards for his work on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and the 2011 and 2012 Tony Awards, as well as a Grammy Award for the 2008 comedy album “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!”
He also earned an Oscar nomination in 1996 for the title song from Tom Hanks’ movie “That Thing You Do!” as well as a Tony nomination for the score to the 2008 Broadway musical version of John Waters’ “Cry-Baby.”
But he’s best known for his work with the quirky late-’90s rock band Fountains of Wayne, which he formed with fellow Williams College graduate Chris Collingwood in 1995. The band scored its biggest hit with the 2003 single “Stacy’s Mom.”
He has also been at work on a stage musical version of the Fran Drescher ’90s sitcom “The Nanny,” collaborating with “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” creator Rachel Bloom.