Fountains of Wayne frontman Adam Schlesinger’s loved ones had been “optimistic” that he was on the mend earlier than he succumbed Wednesday to coronavirus problems, in response to longtime collaborators.
“This got here out of the blue,” stated J.J. Sedelmaier, an animator who labored with the New Jersey native for over 20 years.
The 52-year-old Grammy-winning songwriter had no underlying medical points and appeared wholesome simply three weeks earlier than his loss of life at an upstate New York hospital, mates and colleagues advised The Put up.
On Thursday, Schlesinger’s longtime love, Alexis Morley, spoke out about her grief, saying she was “so heartbroken and afraid.”
“I can’t think about life with out you by my facet. I really like you so a lot, my Adam,” she wrote on Instagram.
Sedelmaier stated that, within the days earlier than the musician’s loss of life, Morley had been sending e-mail updates about his well being from the hospital, the place he was on a ventilator.
“She was being very clear and attempting to remain constructive, but additionally saying that it wasn’t indicative of something as a result of no one is aware of what’s occurring with this [illness],” Sedelmaier advised The Put up.
Sedelmaier stated the ultimate e-mail replace on Monday was “cautiously optimistic” about how Schlesinger was responding to remedy.
“Everybody was taking a cautious breath and going ‘OK that appears to be going within the constructive route,’” Sedelmaier stated.
However the subsequent day was “radio silence,” and he quickly realized on the information that the artist had died from problems of the virus.
“Every thing appeared to have occurred so shortly,” Sedelmaier stated.
It’s not recognized how Schlesinger, who’s survived by his two younger daughters, contracted the harmful illness.
Music producer and composer Steven M. Gold who has recognized Schlesinger for greater than 26 years, stated that Schlesinger left New York Metropolis for his dwelling in upstate New York to journey out the pandemic “early on” when circumstances began being detected within the US.
Schlesinger began feeling sick with chilly signs and a fever round mid-March and determined to go to a drive-thru testing middle for the virus, he stated.
However earlier than he bought again his outcomes, the artist started experiencing shortness of breath and admitted himself March 23 to a hospital, the place they confirmed he had the virus, in response to the producer.
“He had 4 full days of enchancment from the coronavirus-proven medicine that were administered, which he bought fairly shortly,” Gold stated. “Each day he was getting higher.”
Gold stated it was “stunning” to get the decision late Wednesday that his longtime pal and colleague died from problems of the virus.
“He didn’t have any underlying points,” Gold advised The Put up. “He was very, very energetic.”
Gold — who labored with Schlesinger on the TV present “Loopy Ex-Girlfriend,” the place he was a songwriter — stated it was that power that fueled Schlesinger’s career-long drive to create music not solely as a member of Fountains of Wayne, but additionally on the theater stage, for comedy specials and on tv.
“The best factor about Adam is that he has essentially the most unimaginable power, this nice bodily power that I imagine got here from wonderful creativity the place, at seven within the morning, he would leap up and get to the piano and begin writing,” Gold advised The Put up.
He stated Schlesinger, as was typical of him, had various tasks within the works on the time of his loss of life, together with his collaboration with Sarah Silverman on a stage adaptation of her memoir, “The Bedwetter.”
“The factor I’m most upset about that’s he had a lot extra to present and a lot extra music that he might’ve put on the market and he had years of fantastic songs,” Gold stated. “And it’s now referred to as again catalog, which could be very unhappy factor for me versus the potential for [an upcoming project].”
Silverman, who labored with him for almost seven years, was among the many many celebrities, together with Fran Drescher and Tom Hanks, who paid tribute to him Thursday on social media.
“I’m in shock,” she wrote on Instagram, including that she had simply seen him three weeks prior. “I’m simply type of numb, and I can’t appear to persuade myself it’s true. My physique received’t imagine it.”
She stated that Schlesinger was like her “brother,” describing him as “hilarious and beneficiant and type.”
“Adam was an astonishing songwriter and composer and one of many funniest individuals you may know,” she stated. “His songs are humorous and poignant, and sometimes — regardless of himself — stunningly heartfelt.”
Schlesinger received an Emmy Award for the track “Anti-Depressants Are So Not a Massive Deal,” final yr alongside frequent collaborator Rachel Bloom which was utilized in her present “Loopy Ex-Girlfriend”. He received a Grammy in 2003 for greatest comedy album for his work on A “Colbert Christmas: The Best Reward Of All!”