Emmy and Grammy winning musician and Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger has died of coronavirus complications at 52.
Adam Schlesinger’s partner has opened up about the Fountains of Wayne musician’s final, heartbreaking moments before dying of coronavirus complications on April 1.
Alexis Morley detailed Schlesinger’s COVID-19 battle in an agonizing-yet-inspirational, loving Instagram post Sunday alongside the last photo of the two on a gorgeous hike in upstate New York, taken March 15.
The Grammy and Emmy-winning musician, feted for his work on TV’s “Crazy Ex Girlfriend,” fell ill that very next morning, Morley explained. Schlesinger, 52, woke up at 4 a.m. with a high fever.
“I tried to keep him comfortable, nurse him back to health, as we waited for the fever to break,” wrote Morley. “We were sure it would, just like any other crappy flu. He said, ‘I’m ok. I have my Alexis.’ “
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💔💔💔 This is the last photo taken of Adam and me, March 15. We went on a gorgeous, 4 mile walk that day with our friend @davidwatts1978, after driving upstate from the city the day before. It sounds out of character, but in the past year Adam had grown open to, and eventually enthusiastic about, taking long walks outdoors (we just weren’t allowed to call them “hikes”). This one was “Poets’ Walk” in Red Hook. We’d gone there before, mostly because we liked the name and had lots of jokes about all the “poets” we’d see (we envisioned old, cartoonishly-tweedy guys, ambling around, hands clasped behind backs, gazing into the sky in search of “inspiration”). That night he woke up at 4am with a fever. We spent such a sweet week together, our roles kind of reversed because usually Adam was the one to take care of me. I tried to keep him comfortable, nurse him back to health, as we waited for the fever to break. We were sure it would, just like any other crappy flu. He said, “I’m ok. I have my Alexis.” But 7 days later things got worse and I drove him to the hospital. I wasn’t allowed to walk in with him. I drove home alone through a snowstorm terrified (the first time I’d driven a car in years), but we spent the night texting, making cute jokes, feeling optimistic. He kept telling me how much he loved me and thanked me for “saving [his] life” 😪. The next morning he was intubated. I never got to hear his voice again. After 10 days of me, our incredible families, and friends drawing on every resource possible trying to help, I got a 3am call from the hospital telling me he wasn’t going to make it. I asked if there was any way I could see him, and they made special arrangements for me to be allowed into the covid unit. It was a low-lit, grim, heavy place, the medical workers and I all hidden under layers and layers of PPE. But Adam looked sweet, peaceful, beautiful. I’m so thankful that I got to spend that one last hour with him — and that I was able to connect Sadie & Claire and Bobbi & Steve through my phone’s facetime to say goodbye too. I like to think he could sense us all there, but he was deeply unconscious. (CONT in comment) #adamschlesinger @adamdschlesinger
A week later the condition had worsened, and Schlesinger had to be hospitalized alone, without Morley or any other visitors.
“We spent the night texting, making cute jokes, feeling optimistic. He kept telling me how much he loved me and thanked me for saving his life,” Morley wrote. “The next morning he was intubated and I never got to hear his voice again.”
Despite a 10-day battle to save the singer, Morley received a 3 a.m. call from the hospital with grim news: “He wasn’t going to make it. I asked if there was any way I could see him.”
Morley wrote that the hospital made special arrangements to allow her to visit him inside the COVID-19 unit.
“It was a low-lit, grim, heavy place, the medical workers and I all hidden under layers and layers of PPE,” Morley wrote. “But Adam looked sweet, peaceful, beautiful. I’m so thankful that I got to spend that one last hour with him.”
Adam Schlessinger died of coronavirus complications on April 1. (Photo: Jason Merritt/TERM, FilmMagic)
Morley was able to connect to dear friends on her phone for a FaceTime goodbye to Schlesinger.
“I like to think he could sense us all there, but he was deeply unconscious,” Morley wrote, continuing to add to her tribute in the Instagram comments section.
“Shortly after I arrived back at the house, Jordan, a male nurse who’d been so wonderfully compassionate in the covid unit, called to tell me that Adam had just passed, peacefully,” Morley wrote, “He was holding his hand as it happened.”
She described the next Instagram photo, the bright sun appearing through winter trees.
“It had been a dark, overcast day, but at that moment the sun came out for just a few minutes and lit up the entire sky,” Morley wrote. “I love you so, so much, Adam.”
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