Adam Schlesinger, of ‘Stacy’s Mom’ and ‘That Thing You Do’ fame, hospitalized with coronavirus

Fountains of Wayne member Adam Schlesinger, who’s best known for 2003 pop-rock hit “Stacy’s Mom,” has been hospitalized with coronavirus.

Schlesinger, 52, has been in a New York hospital for a week, his lawyer Jaime Herman told USA TODAY. 

“Thank you for the outpouring of love for Adam and his family,” Schlesinger’s family said in a statement shared with USA TODAY. “Adam has been hospitalized with COVID-19. 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.”

Members of the New York alternative rock band Fountain of Wayne in 2011: Chris Collingwood, left, Brian Young, Adam Schlesinger, and Jody Porter.

Throughout his more than two-decade career, Schlesinger has left an indelible mark on music, movies, TV and Broadway. He was first nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for writing the title song of Tom Hanks’ 1996 comedy “That Thing You Do.” 

As a founding member of power-pop band Fountains of Wayne, he was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2003 for best new artist and best pop duo/group performance for “Stacy’s Mom,” which peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The band has released five studio albums since forming in 1995, most recently 2011’s “Sky Full of Holes.” 

On TV, Schlesinger has won two Emmys for parody songs written for the 2012 and 2013 Tony Awards telecasts, and won another last year for co-writing “Antidepressants Are So Not a Big Deal” from Rachel Bloom’s CW series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” His other television and film credits include “Sesame Street,” “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!” “Music and Lyrics” and “Shallow Hal.” 

On stage, Schlesinger was nominated for two Tony Awards, including best musical, for 2008 Broadway show “Cry-Baby,” an adaptation of the John Waters comedy starring Johnny Depp. 

Schlesinger is married to graphic designer Katherine Michel and has two daughters. He is the cousin of “The Walking Dead” actor Jon Bernthal. 

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