Chris Burrous, KTLA news anchor, found dead in hotel
A California news anchor who once worked at PIX 11 in the Big Apple was found dead in a hotel this week — in what police are investigating as a possible overdose, according to a new report.
Chris Burrous, 43, a KTLA morning news anchor, was found unresponsive at a Glendale Days Inn on Thursday afternoon after a man he was with called police to report that he was passed out and possibly not breathing, Glendale police Sgt. Dan Suttles said in a news briefing.
First responders found Burrous inside a room suffering from a medical emergency — and the other man, who Suttles said “appears to be a friend,” was already administering aid, the station reported.
Those on scene recognized Burrous “right away, because everybody knows Chris,” Suttles said during the press conference.
The man stayed at the scene and “quite honestly did a good job of trying to render aid,” he added.
The friend had indicated Burrous had possibly overdosed.
Paramedics performed CPR and then rushed Burrous to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the outlet reported.
There was no indication of suicide, but coroner’s officials will officially determine a cause and manner of death.
Burrous began his career at two other California stations before accepting an anchor job at KTLA’s sister station PIX 11, the outlet reported. He ultimately returned to California to continue his career.
During his time at KTLA, he helped extend its Morning News segment to seven days a week, anchoring weekends and covering breaking news on weekday mornings.
He also highlighted Southern California’s best hole-in-the-wall eateries in his weekend Burrous’ Bites segments.
He helped lead coverage on the region’s devastating wildfires, as well as the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, the station said.
He was married to Mai Do Burrous, a fellow journalist, and the couple shares a 9-year-old daughter, Isabella.
Culled from New York Post