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Chris Ledesma, who worked on every episode of The Simpsons for 33 years, has died aged 64

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Chris Ledesma, who worked on ‘The Simpsons’ for a long time as a music editor, has passed away. He was 64. In the most recent episode of the animated show, there was a title card that read, “In 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 as she held a baton.

Ledesma was the music editor of “The Simpsons” for 33 years, from 1989 to May 2022. During that time, he worked on every episode.

People who worked on “The Simpsons” have taken to social media to pay tribute to the late music editor. “Chris Ledesma was a lovely man who loved his job and was very good at it. We miss him,” writer Carolyn Omine tweeted.

“A wonderful, hard-working, very talented man who will be missed by all he knew,” Al Jean, one of the first members of the original writing staff, tweeted.

“Chris Ledesma was a sweet, crazy guy with a giant heart – his amazing musical life spanned 33 years @TheSimpsons,” Matt Selman, executive producer and showrunner, wrote.

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

Animator Matthew Schofield added: “I was shocked and saddened to learn of Chris Ledesma’s recent passing. He was kind enough to let me attend the scoring session for my “Black Eyed, Please” episode (he’s in the red shirt, that’s me on the right). A great guy who genuinely loved his job. RIP Chris.”

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“Chris Ledesma was one of the nicest, mega-talented people who worked in a crew full of friendly, mega-talented people. I hadn’t worked with him in a while, but his kindness on Twitter over the years was really palpable. Rest in peace dear Chris, former “Simpsons” showrunner Josh Weinstein said.

Ledesma tweeted on Sept. 16 about a “big milestone” he had reached with the show. “I am 23,242 days old. I worked on The Simpsons for 11,621 days. Born 28-01-1958. First day on #TheSimpsons 11/22/1989,” He wrote. “Not many people can say they’ve LITERALLY spent half their lives at ANY job.”

Ledesma spent most of his life in Southern California. He studied orchestral conducting at both the California Institute of the Arts and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The music editor also worked on films like “Pure Country,’ ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’ and ‘Blast from the Past’.

Ledesma started playing the piano when he was three years old. In 1984, he started in the business as a tour guide at Universal Studios Hollywood. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Michelle, and their two daughters.

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