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'Crazy-Ex Girlfriend' Songwriter Adam Schlesinger Dies at 52 Due to COVID-19

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“Crazy-Ex Girlfriend” songwriter and Fountains of Wayne founding band member Adam Schlesinger has died from complications due to COVID-19 at the age of 52, according to Variety, on Wednesday.

Schlesinger rose to prominence as a musician and songwriter with the Grammy-winning ’90s band Fountains of Wayne, most popular for their hit song “Stacy’s Mom.” He went on to write music for many other projects, including the soundtrack for “That Thing You Do!” and “Josie and the Pussycats.”

Alongside Rachel Bloom, Schlesinger co-wrote many of the songs on “Crazy-Ex Girlfriend,” a popular TV series acclaimed for its portrayal of mental health. He won an Emmy for outstanding original music and lyrics category for the song “Antidepressants Are So Not A Big Deal” from the series.

According to Variety, Schlesinger’s lawyer said he was “very sick and heavily sedated” and been in the hospital for about a week due to COVID-19, a virus that can cause serious respiratory infection. As of Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported more than 186,000 COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and 3,600 deaths.

Fans, friends and colleagues reacted to Schlesinger’s death on Twitter and shared condolences.

Originally published: April 1, 2020
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