Adam Schlesinger Remembered by Tom Hanks, Rachel Bloom and More: ‘Irreplaceable’

Late Fountains of Wayne star won three Emmys for his work on the CW musical dramedy

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Tom Hanks and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” co-creators Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna were among the many who paid tribute to the CW musical dramedy’s songwriter (and Fountains of Wayne co-founder) Adam Schlesinger after his death Wednesday at 52 from coronavirus symptoms.

Schlesinger, who earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing the title song from Hanks’ directorial debut “That Thing You Do!” earned high praise from the actor-director, who himself has been recovering from COVID-19. “There would be no Playtone without Adam Schlesinger, without his That Thing You Do!” Hanks tweeted. “He was a One-der. Lost him to Covid-19. Terribly sad today.

I have so much to say about Adam Schlesinger that I am at a complete loss for words. He is irreplaceable,” Bloom tweeted.

“Adam was so funny, so kind, so opinionated, so clever, so passionate,” she wrote, remembering the Fountains of Wayne frontman as a colleague and as a longtime friend. “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’m devastated for his family, his kids, for Alexis, for Steven, for his CXG family, for the many, many who loved him.”

Schlesinger, the bassist-songwriter from the rock band Fountains of Wayne and songwriter for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” died Wednesday due to complications from COVID-19. The musician had been hospitalized due to the virus since last week and was being kept on a ventilator. His death was confirmed by his lawyer Wednesday afternoon.

An accomplished musician in a variety of formats, Schlesinger had earned three Emmy Awards for his work on the CW musical dramedy. He most recently won the award for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics for the Season 4 song “Antidepressants Are So Not A Big Deal” and picked up another nomination for the show’s main title theme.

Adam’s cousin, actor Jon Bernthal, paid tribute and thanked first responders. A number of other celebrities who worked with Schlesinger throughout his career remembered the musician on social media, including Kathy Griffin, Ken Jeong and Jimmy Kimmel. Other tributes also poured in from Schlesinger’s fans and admirers. See a few of the reactions below: