Longtime KTLA-5 OM Suddenly Dies


HERMOSA BEACH, CALIF. — The longtime broadcast operations manager of Tribune Media‘s KTLA-5 in Los Angeles unexpectedly passed away on Saturday.

Veteran entertainment reporter Sam Rubin paid tribute to him on Monday’s edition of The KTLA Morning News.

Jesse Gomez was with KTLA for 28 years, serving as a manager of broadcast operations until his recent retirement. He died of a pulmonary embolism, and is survived by his wife of 44 years, Concha, and sons Danny and Dustin.

Gomez was 66 years old.

According to Rubin, his wife had taken their neighbor’s children to play in the snow in the nearby mountains at the time of his passing.

Gomez was a beloved figure at the flagship station of The CW Network, and was also known for his singing voice — one shared on the KTLA Morning News on several occasions. An archived clip of Gomez singing was featured by Rubin in his mid-morning report on March 19.

“He really sang from the heart,” Rubin said. “He had this beautiful voice.”

It’s been a tragic few months for KTLA. In late December 2018 reporter Chris Burrous died at the age of 43. Burrous was found unconscious at a Glendale, Calif., motel on December 27. An investigative report released by the L.A. County Coroner’s Office in late February 2019 ruled that his cause of death was attributed to methamphetamine toxicity.