Ellis Marsalis, Fountains of Wayne’s Schlesinger die after COVID-19

Ellis Marsalis performs during the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Music Festival. Tyler Kaufman/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Ellis Marsalis Jr., a New Orleans jazz pianist and teacher and patriarch of a jazz dynasty, died Wednesday at age 85.

His sons said the cause of death was pneumonia brought on by the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Marsalis’ six sons include jazz greats Wynton and Branford Marsalis.

Musician Adam Schlesinger, co-founder of the rock band Fountains of Wayne and an award-winning songwriter for the television show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, also died Wednesday of coronavirus complications. He was 52. Schlesinger was a Grammy and Emmy Award winner, and wrote the theme song for Tom Hanks’ 1997 film That Thing You Do!

He recorded five albums with Fountains of Wayne; their biggest hit, “Stacy’s Mom,” was released in 2003. He is survived by two daughters.

Variety
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