Angelenos are mourning the death of KTLA-TV Channel 5 weekend anchor Chris Burrous, who was found unconscious in a motel room in Glendale Thursday and later pronounced dead at a hospital. Burrous was 43.
“Chris loved sharing the stories of Southern California and connecting with our viewers,” KTLA President and general manager Don Corsini and news director Jason Ball said in a joint statement. “He brought a kindness to his work and will be deeply missed by the entire KTLA family.”
According to Glendale police Sgt. Dan Suttles, the man Burrous was with appeared to be a friend, and was found giving the anchor aid as first responders arrived.
“What we know at this point is that the call came in as a medical emergency, and that’s how it was handled,” Suttles said. Although the death is being investigated as a possible overdose, Suttles said police found no indication of suicide.
Burrous was credited with helping to extend the “KTLA Morning News” to seven days a week, anchoring weekends and covering breaking news on weekday mornings, the station said. His weekend “Burrous’ Bites” segments, which featured the best hole- in-the-wall eateries in Southern California, were a viewer favorite.
Burrous joined KTLA in 2011 after working for 14 years as a reporter and anchor at news stations across the country. Burrous’ career led him to KGPE in Fresno, KMAX in Sacramento and KTLA sister station WPIX in New York City. He told the New York Daily News he asked for a transfer to Los Angeles so his nine-year-old daughter Isabella could grow up near her grandparents.
In addition to Isabella, Burrous is survived by his wife of 15 years, Mai Do-Burrous.