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'The Simpsons' Legend Chris Ledesma Dies at 64

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Chris Ledesma, the former music editor of “The Simpsons”, has died. He was 64 years old.

The animated show paid tribute to Ledesma in the latest episode with a title card that read, “In loving memory of Chris Ledesma.”

The title card was shown below an animated version of Ledesma sitting on the Simpsons’ couch with Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie and Bart while holding a conductor’s baton.

Ledesma worked on every episode of “The Simpsons” during his 33 years as music editor, from 1989 until he stepped down in May 2022.

Members of the “The Simpsons” crew took to social media to honor the late music editor.

“Chris Ledesma was a sweet man who loved his job and was very, very good at it. We miss you,” writer Carolyn Omine tweeted.

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Chris Ledesma, the former music editor of “The Simpsons,” has died aged 64.
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“A wonderful, hardworking, and very talented man who will be missed by everyone he knew,” Al Jean, an early member of the original writing team, tweeted.

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A title card reading “In memory of Chris Ledesma” appeared on the latest episode of “The Simpsons.”
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“Chris Ledesma was a sweet, goofy guy with a giant heart – his incredible musical life is lived out over 33 years of @TheSimpsons,” Matt Selman, Executive Producer and Showrunner, I wrote.

“Chris Ledesma’s passion for music and @TheSimpsons was an inspiration. I am grateful for the time I spent with him this year. He was a great mentor and a genuine person. My heart goes out to his family. Rest in peace Chris,” the new music editor for the Jake Schaefer show said.

Matthew SchofieldAnimator added: “I was shocked and saddened to learn of the recent passing of Chris Ledesma. He kindly arranged for me to attend the scoring session for my episode “Black Eyed, Please” (he’s wearing a red shirt, it’s me on the right). A wonderful guy who really loved his work. Rest in peace, Chris.

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Chris Ledesma was music editor from 1989 until stepping down in May 2022.
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“Chris Ledesma was one of the kindest, mega talented people working on a team full of kind, mega talented people. I haven’t worked with him in a while, but his twitter friendship over the past few years has really been felt. Rest in peace, dear Chris,” former “The Simpsons” showrunner Josh Weinstein said.

On September 16, Ledesma tweeted about a “significant milestone” he reached with the show.

“I have 23,242 days. I worked on The Simpsons for 11,621 days. Born 01/28/1958. First day at #TheSimpsons 11/22/1989,” he I wrote. “Few can say they’ve worked ANY job for LITERALLY half their lives.”

Chris Ledesma worked on every episode of “The Simpsons” for 33 years.
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Ledesma has lived in Southern California for most of her life. He studied at the California Institute of the Arts and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, specializing in orchestral conducting.

The music editor has also worked on films such as “Pure Country”, “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Blast from the Past”.

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The animation paid tribute to Chris Ledesma in the last episode.
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Ledesma started playing the piano at the age of three and first broke into the industry as a tour guide at Universal Studios Hollywood in 1984.

He is survived by his wife Michelle, to whom he was married for 39 years, and their two daughters.