Adam Schlesinger, from the US power pop band Fountains of Wayne, has died aged 52 in a New York hospital.
A statement from his family on Tuesday said he was in hospital in New York fighting Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.
“I knew him best as a mentor, and a friend. We must take this seriously. People are sick and dying. It is hard to stay locked indoors but lives will be saved. Take care of each other. Rest In Peace, my dear friend”Chris Carrabba.
Schlesinger earned nominations for an Oscar, a Golden Globe, Tonys, Grammys and Emmys, winning the latter two.
“I’m heartbroken to hear about Adam Schlesinger’s passing. He was one of the first people I co-wrote a song with and we went on the road with Fountains of Wayne back in the day. He was really sweet and beyond talented. My heart goes out to his family and band mates”Nicole Atkins.