Adam Schlesinger‘s girlfriend Alexis Morley is sharing one of the last photos taken of the Fountains of Wayne musician.
The 52-year-old songwriter passed away from COVID-19 novel coronavirus on April 1.
The image is of the couple on a walk together in upstate New York in mid-March.
In her emotional caption on Instagram, Alexis explained that this was really the last great day they would spend together, as the next morning, he woke up with a fever.
“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,” Alexis wrote. “…but 7 days later things got worse and I brought him to the hospital.”
She added that she “never got to hear his voice again.”
You can read her full caption in the gallery below.
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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 NYC the day before. It sounds out of character, but in the past year Adam had grown open to, and eventually enthusiastic about, 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 the “poets” we hoped to see (we envisioned old, cartoonishly-tweedy guys, ambling, hands clasped behind backs, gazing to 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 brought 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, confident he’d be ok. 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. He wasn’t going to make it. I asked if there was any way I could see him (a cruelty of the pandemic is a strict ban on visitors). They made special arrangements to allow me into the covid unit: a low-lit, grim, heavy place; the medical workers and I obscured by layers of PPE. But Adam looked sweet, peaceful, beautiful. I’m so thankful that I got to spend that one final hour with him—and that I could connect Sadie & Claire and Bobbi & Steve through my phone’s facetime too. I’d like to think he could sense us there, but he was deeply unconscious. (CONT in comment) #adamschlesinger#fountainsofwayne #ivyband @adam_schlesinger
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