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Social: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Hanks and More Pay Tribute to Adam Schlesinger

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Social: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Hanks and More Pay Tribute to Adam Schlesinger

The entertainment community is bereft at the loss of Emmy and Grammy winner and Oscar nominee Adam Schlesinger. The talented songwriter passed away today from coronavirus-related complications. He was 52 years old.

Earlier in the week it was reported that doctors had placed Schlesinger in a medically induced coma and that the musician was breathing with the help of a ventilator after contracting the virus.

Schlesinger's band, Fountains of Wayne was nominated for two GRAMMY AWARDS in 2003 for Best New Artist and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Stacy's Mom".

He received two Tony nominations in 2008 Best Musical and Best Original Score for the musical Cry-Baby. Schlesinger also received a 2013 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Song for his "Elmo The Musical" theme for Sesame Street, and a 2011 Daytime Emmy nomination for the song "I Wonder" from Sesame Street.

He received a 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music And Lyrics for the song he co-wrote with David Javerbaum for their song "It's Not Just For Gays Anymore", which was performed by Neil Patrick Harris at the opening of the Tony Awards. Schlesinger and Javerbaum also received 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music And Lyrics for their song "If I Had Time", performed by Neil Patrick Harris as the closing number of the 66th Tonys telecast.

Adam was nominated for the 1997 Academy Award for Best Original Song for his infectious titular anthem for the film That Thing You Do!. He received two 2016 Emmy nominations for his work on the CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, as well as a 2017 Emmy nomination. In 2019 he won the 2019 Emmy award for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics for "Antidepressants Are So Not A Big Deal", and was also nominated for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for the season 4 theme of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

At the time of his passing, Schlesinger was at work on comedian Sara Silverman's forthcoming musical Bedwetter, as well as the upcoming musical adaptation of the television series, The Nanny.

Read reactions from the entertainment community below as they mourn the passing of this talented artist.



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