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Chris Ledesma Dead: ‘The Simpsons’ Longtime Music Editor Is 64

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Chris Ledesma, longtime music editor for “The Simpsons,” has died. He was 64.

Ledesma’s death was announced Sunday night after “The Simpsons” aired. A post-credit tribute card was dedicated to the man behind the song The Simpsons show Bart, Maggie and Lisa playing instruments, and a cartoon version of Ledesma is shown holding a conductor’s baton.

Ledesma has been with the show since its first season in 1989. He worked on 700 episodes and 30 seasons until leaving the series in 2022.

Ledesma discovered music at a young age. By the age of three, he was playing the piano and soon after taking formal trumpet lessons.

His first music editing assignment was on a student film at CalArts, which prompted him to pursue music editing as a career. Ledesma got an inside look at music scoring while working as a tour guide at Universal Studios Hollywood where he often saw a lot of movies.

With more than 138 credits to her name, Ledesma has worked in TV movies and series, including “Teen Angel” and “Miracle in the Woods.” He also worked as music editor for “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”.

He earned two Emmy nominations for his work: one for Sound Editing for a Miniseries or a Special Achievement in “Gypsy” and Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries or a Special.
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He maintains a personal blog; His last entry came in 2020.

Author Carolyn Omin shared the tribute card and wrote, “Chris Ledesma was a sweet man who loved his job and was really good at it. We miss him.”

Jake Schaefer, who replaced Ledesma as the show’s music editor, tweeted numerous tributes. Shaffer wrote, “Chris Ledesma’s passion for music and inspiration for @TheSimpsons. I am grateful for the time I got to spend with him this year. He was a great mentor and a genuine human being. My heart goes out to his family.”

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