American singer, songwriter Adam Schlesinger and the jazz icon Ellis Marsalis Jr. just passed away because of COVID-19. These are the next names in the American art scene who died due to the pandemic.
According to Variety, Adam Schlesinger died on April 1 (US time) at the age of 52 due to complications caused by COVID-19. Just a day earlier (March 31), his family said that Adam Schlesinger’s situation was very bad after more than a week of hospitalization in New York against Sars-CoV-2 virus.
Adam Schlesinger (born 1967) is a famous American musician and music producer. He has been nominated for many prestigious awards such as: Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony, and at the same time won a Grammy Award (2009) and three Emmys throughout his career (2012, 2013, 2019).
With Jody Porter, Brian Young and Chris Collingwood, he formed the band Fountains of Wayne, best known for the song “Stacy’s Mom“, which received a Grammy nomination in 2003.
He has also been successful as a musician, having composed many theme songs for hit movies such as: “That Thing You Do !”, “Ice Age: Continental Drift”, “There’s Something About Mary”, “Fever Pitch”, “Josie and the Pussycats”…
After his death was confirmed, many current stars such as: Tom Hanks, Rachel Bloom, Stephen Colbert, Stephen King, … immediately sent their mourning. The movie’s writer, director and star Tom Hanks tweeted: “There would be no Playtone without Adam Schlesinger, without his That Thing You Do! He was a One-der. Lost him to Covid-19. Terribly sad today.”
Meanwhile, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” creator Rachel Bloom broke her silence on the death of Adam Schlesinger, her longtime music producer on the Emmy-winning series. She said: “I have so much to say about Adam Schlesinger that I am at a complete loss for words,” Bloom began a series of posts on Instagram. “He is irreplaceable.”
Symbol of New Orleans
On April 1, famous jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of New Orleans musical clan Ellis Marsalis Jr. died after battling pneumonia brought by the new coronavirus at the age of 85. The Mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, calls him an icon of the city when she conducts condolences to his family and the public.
“Ellis Marsalis was a legend. He was the prototype of what we mean when we talk about New Orleans jazz. The love and the prayers of all of our people go out to his family, and to all of those whose lives he touched.“- Ms. LaToya Cantrell tweeted.
Ellis Marsalis is a jazz pianist who was a familiar musician while teaching piano on television in Los Angeles in the 1950s. After that, he returned to New Orleans to perform and popularize jazz.
Four of the Jazz legend’s sons followed his musical roots and have established their strong print in the industry.