AGENCIES, Los Angeles: Adam Schlesinger, the American singer-songwriter who turned heads after writing the hit song The Thing You Do for the movie of the same name starring Tom Hanks, has passed away after contracting the novel coronavirus. He was 52.
Adam was the co-founder of the bands Fountains of Wayne, Ivy, and Tinted Windows, though the first brought him considerable fame, including a Grammy award for the hit song Stacy’s Mom, which idolized the sexual fantasy of a teenager for his friend’s mother.
“As many of you are aware, Adam had been hospitalized with Covid-19 and although he had been making some small improvements over the last few days, Adam’s condition was critical and he was ultimately unable to recover from Covid-19 complications. He was truly a prolific talent and even more so, a loving and devoted father, son and friend. We are terribly sorry to convey this loss,” read a statement from the band’s attorney, according to CNN.
Actor Tom Hanks, who himself is recovering from COVID-19, took to Twitter to express his grief. He tweeted, “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.”
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