Adam Schlesinger, the award-winning musician and Fountains of Wayne co-founder, has died from coronavirus complications at the age of 52.
A statement released from the family of Schlesinger confirmed that the musician was “very sick” when he was admitted to hospital in New York on Tuesday, adding that he was “heavily sedated” and attached to a ventilator in a bid to fight Covid-19. “The doctors are doing everything they can think of and they’re cautiously optimistic,” Schlesinger’s attorney, Josh Grier, said a the time.
However, as Schlesinger’s condition deteriorated overnight, Grier confirmed his death in a statement issued to The New York Times.
Shortly after, Chris Carrabba, from the band Dashboard Confessional, confirmed Schlesinger’s death in a post on social media: “I knew him best as a mentor, and a friend. We must take this seriously. People are sick and dying. It is hard to stay locked indoors but lives will be saved. Take care of each other. Rest In Peace, my dear friend.”
Throughout his career, Schlesinger won three Emmys, a Grammy, and the ASCAP Pop Music Award, was nominated for Oscar, Tony and Golden Globe Awards. Singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins also paid tribute: “I’m heartbroken to hear about Adam Schlesinger’s passing. He was one of the 1st people I ever co-wrote a song with and we went on the road with Fountains of Wayne back in the day. He was really sweet and beyond talented. My heart goes out to his family and bandmates.”
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of April 2nd, more than 938,348 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 47,286 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and many more. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the UK, the WHO stated that Europe became the epicentre of the pandemic after the strict lockdown in China saw reduced numbers. Now, however, as the virus continues to spread aggressively across The United States—who have more confirmed cases than any other country—the epicentre of coronavirus is expected to be officially changed to North America.