Schlesinger had been cared for in an upstate New York Hospital for more than one week. On Tuesday, his Fountains of Wayne bandmate Chris Collingwood shared a family status updating Schlesinger’s health and thanked fans for their love and support. According to the statement, Schlesinger was on a ventilator and was receiving excellent care. His condition got improvement and they were optimistic.
Schlesinger is most famous for his contributions to Fountains of Wayne, a Grammy-nominated alternative rock band that was behind the 2003 hit song Stacy’s Mom. The name Fountains of Wayne was taken after a New Jersey fountain shop. The group broke through with their first single Radiation Vibe in 1996. With five critically-acclaimed albums, Fountains of Wayne got a devoted following of fans who admired the way Schlesinger and Collingwood wove story songs into perfect pop packaging. Schlesinger, who sang harmony vocals and played bass, was also a member of the supergroup Tinted Windows with Taylor Hanson of Hanson, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, and James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins.
In addition, Schlesinger successfully used his musical talents in film, theater, and television on projects such as 1996’s That Thing You Do!, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for the title track and an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. He also coached Hugh Grant for starring the movie Music and Lyrics. Recently, he found acclaim as a music producer on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend of Rachel Bloom, winning three during his run on the series, and earning five Emmy nominations.
In 2010, he earned a Grammy award for his cooperation with Javerbaum on A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! by Steven Colbert.
Throughout his music career, Schlesinger worked with a lot of notable names, including The Monkees, Robert Plant, Fastball, and Dashboard Confessional.
He is survived by his ex-wife and their two daughters.