GLENDALE (CBSLA) – An autopsy has been completed on KTLA5 weekend anchor Chris Burrous, who was found unconscious in a Glendale motel room and later pronounced dead at a hospital, but a cause of death has not yet been determined.

“A cause of death was deferred pending further investigation,” Sarah Ardalani of the coroner’s office said Friday. It often takes several weeks to get the results of toxicology tests.

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Saturday’s KTLA’s morning newscast marked the first weekend without Burrous and was dedicated to his memory as his tearful co-anchors shared clips and memories. Early on, a representative of the Torrance Rose Float Association announced plans to include a remembrance of the veteran anchor on its float during the New Year’s Day parade, an event Burrous was scheduled to help cover.

Richard Stellar, a guest blogger for entertainment news website was among those who continue to post tributes, photos and other commemorations online.

“He would bond with people – returning military veterans, parents of ill children, immigrants,” Stellar wrote under the headline “Why I’ll Miss KTLA’s Citizen Journalist.” “His microphone, when angled in the direction of his subject, was like a bridge of tolerance and understanding.”

Police were contacted at 1:15 p.m. Thursday by a caller who said a man he was with at the Days Inn, 450 Pioneer Drive, had passed out and was possibly not breathing, according to Sgt. Dan Suttles of the Glendale Police Department.

A dispatcher gave the man instructions on how to perform CPR and he was attempting to administer emergency aid when firefighters arrived, Suttles said.

Glendale firefighters found Burrous, 43, inside the motel room, not breathing, Suttles said. They administered CPR and he was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The original call to police stated Burrous may have overdosed, but detectives will await the Los Angeles County coroner’s office final report for a determination of the cause of death, Suttles said.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Burrous family,” KTLA President/General Manager Don Corsini and news director Jason Ball said in a joint statement. “Chris loved sharing the stories of Southern California and connecting with our viewers. He will be remembered as a great journalist and a wonderful friend to many. He brought a kindness to his work and will be deeply  missed by the entire KTLA family.”

His weekend co-anchor, Lynette Romero, tweeted a picture taken of herself and Burrous smiling on set, with a Christmas tree in the background.

“There are no words,” Romero wrote. “When we took this picture during our show I had no idea it would our last time together. You made me laugh until I cried. My tears now are for your sweet little girl, your wife Mai and your dear parents. We will miss you so…”

Weekday morning news anchor Megan Henderson wrote on Twitter, “We are all so shocked and saddened by this tragic news. Please keep his beloved daughter, wife and parents in your prayers.”

Henderson’s co-anchor Chris Schauble tweeted, “Right now he’s telling the angels where to find the best food. Rest easy brother.”

KTLA entertainment anchor Sam Rubin tweeted his condolences, calling Burrous’ death, “heartbreaking and horrible.”

“What Chris Burrous did was connect – with all of us, every day, and most especially on the weekends” Rubin said. “He deeply loved his wife and his daughter; and all of you who watched him. A large community is in mourning.”

Burrous is survived by his wife of 15 years, Mai Do-Burrous, and their 9-year-old daughter, Isabella.

He graduated from Chapman University in Orange with a degree in broadcast journalism and began a two-decade career in news starting at KCKC-AM and KCXX-FM in San Bernardino while he was still in school.

He moved on to KNTV-TV and KLIV-AM in San Jose, then KEVN-TV in Rapid City, South Dakota. He joined KGET in Bakersfield in 1999 as a morning news anchor.

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 daughter could grow up near her grandparents, according to Channel 5.

Burrous was credited with helping extend the “KTLA Morning News” to seven days a week, anchoring weekends and covering breaking news on weekday mornings, according to the station.

His weekend “Burrous’ Bites” segments, which highlighted hole-in-the-wall eateries in Southern California, were a viewer favorite.

No funeral arrangements have been announced.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

Comments (22)
  1. Jeff Mitchell says:

    What’s the big deal, everybody knows it was a drug overdose!

  2. Richard Stenger says:

    Saw this on Drudge. Went to for more real California news

  3. Jean Major says:

    During our lifetime we all make choices some good some bad, but whatever we do we owe each other respect espesially if our mistakes didn’t disrespect the lives of others. The “big deal ” is that a person has died, a person respected by many, it makes no sense at all to ask ” what’s the big deal ‘ , because when something happens to a person that’s admired, loved or just liked it’s human to try to protect their name even after death, so shame on anyone trying to be flip, rude and disrespectful !!!!!!!!

  4. Steve DiCarolis says:

    A Gay drug addict.
    Nice. His wife better get an AIDS test

  5. John Morris says:

    This could get very ugly very fast. I wonder if KTLA will try and bury the facts of this if they come out as sordid as it seems so far..
    Unfortunately, Steve above is likely right, Chris had a secret life as a Gay Drug addict.
    I bet his wife already knew.
    I know Gays that have said he doesn’t pass their ‘Gar-dar’ tests already. An interview with his ‘companion’ at the hotel should settle this.

  6. Andrew Clayterman says:

    He was well known throughout the L.A. Underground as a very willing bottom.. he made rounds at the glory holes and cruisy toilets also.

  7. Leslie Barnett says:

    Sorry to hear about his passing.

  8. Sonia Betancourt says:

    It always amazes me how people make derogatory comments about someone who is no longer here to defend themselves. I think the big deal here is RESPECT!!! Unless your life is perfect, feel free to criticize. My deepest condolence for this amazing human being who positively impacted many.

    1. John Morris says:

      We are not giving Chris disrespect at all. Gays certainly don’t think it’s ‘horrible’ that he may have been a ‘closet Gay’, but would encourage him to ‘come out’.
      The possible drug overdose is hinted at due the police coroner’s saying he is being given ‘toxicology’ testing. I dearly hope that is not what killed him, but signs do not look good on this.
      it is sad he felt he had to live a ‘double life’. the videos of him on Facebook with his wonderful wife and daughter on Xmas day are heart-breaking in light of this

  9. William Norton says:

    Sam Rubin speaking about sincerity is like a Chinaman who speaks Arabic.

  10. Ford Hanson says:

    Though it would seem obvious he is a gay man and uses drugs, that does not nullify any good he did in this life. He seems very beloved and like a funny and kind man. RIP drugs do kill.

  11. All you posting about ‘respect’, this dude didn’t give any respect to his wife and daughter.

  12. Anita Gates-Matoba says:

    Your comments above a rude and out of line! SHAME ON YOU!!!!!

  13. Richard Stellar says:

    Cowards flock to the word ‘comments’ like desert wanderers to water. None of those who slander Chris’ memory with their lurid speculations would say anything close to what they write to anyone in person. Expect the worst of humanity to write in this section. They didn’t know Chris. All they know is that their pathetic lives finds some solace in taking down another, anonymously.

  14. I give exactly zero shakes if he was gay or bi. That means nothing. If he was honest with his wife then there’s nothing to “judge.” But man..using the kinds of drugs that could kill you if you have a young kid? Yeah. I’ll judge that. Not sure about this but I’m guessing pills and maybe a little booze. If that’s true I’m just continually blown away by how many people think they’re the ones that pills won’t kill. Doesn’t look like he was trying to kill himself so the only thing I can say is…what a freaking waste and what a selfish man.

  15. Well the bottom line is I liked him and I don’t care all of us have a secret part we never disclose to others.

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