Simpsons music editor Chris Ledesma has died aged 64, with the long-running sitcom paying tribute to the “kind” and “talented” man.
Chris had worked on the popular animated sitcom since its first inception in 1989 and worked on every episode for 33 years until his resignation in May 2022.
The show paid tribute to the longtime music editor on its final episode with a title card that read, “In Loving Memory of Chris Ledesma.”
Sad news: The Simpsons editor Chris Ledesma has died aged 64, with long-running sitcom paying tribute to the ‘kind’ and ‘talented’ man
The sweet message was displayed below an animated version of Chris, sitting on the iconic Simpsons sofa alongside Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie and Bart.
Members of The Simpsons team took to Twitter to pay tribute to their “sweet” and “talented” colleague after the sad news of his death.
Writer Carolyn Omine wrote, “Chris Ledesma was a lovely man who loved his job and was really, really good at it.” We miss him.’
Executive producer and showrunner Matt Selman wrote: “Chris Ledesma was a sweet, goofy guy with a giant heart – his incredible musical life spans 33 years of @TheSimpsons.”
Tribute: The show paid tribute to the longtime music editor on its final episode with a title card that read: ‘In loving memory of Chris Ledesma’
New Music Editor Jake Schaefer said: “Chris Ledesma’s passion for music and for @TheSimpsons has been inspirational.
“I am grateful for the time I was able to spend with him this year. He was a great mentor and a genuine person. My heart goes out to his family. Rest in peace Chris.’
Host Matthew Schofield added: “I was shocked and saddened to learn of the recent passing of Chris Ledesma.
“He very kindly arranged for me to be in the grading session for my episode ‘Black Eyed, Please’. Great guy who really loved his job. RIP Chris.’
Heartfelt: The sweet message was displayed below an animated version of Chris, who sat on the iconic Simpsons sofa alongside Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie and Bart
The official Simpsons Twitter page also retweeted a series of loving tributes to Chris on its own account.
In September 2021, Chris took to Twitter to mark a “significant” milestone by confirming he had worked on The Simpsons for “half” of his life.
He wrote: “Today is a big milestone for me. I am 23,242 days old and have worked on The Simpsons for 11,621 days. Born 01/28/1958. First day on #TheSimpsons 11/22 /1989.
“Not many people can say they’ve worked at ANY job for LITERALLY half their life.”
Gushing: Members of The Simpsons team took to Twitter to pay tribute to their ‘sweet’ and ‘talented’ colleague after the sad news of his death
Chris, who has lived his entire life in Southern California, studied at the California Institute of the Arts and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a conductor.
He started playing the piano at the age of three and is credited with working on feature films such as Pure Country, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Blast from the Past.
Chris first entered showbiz in 1984 as a tour guide at Universal Studios Hollywood before beginning to work on The Simpsons and editing the music for every episode for 33 years.
He was married to his wife Michelle for 39 years and they share two daughters together. He became a grandfather in 2010, according to his IMDB biography.
Career: Chris had worked on the popular animated sitcom since its inception in 1989 and remained with the show for 33 years until his resignation in May 2022