Chris Burrous, an anchor on KTLA 5’s Morning News, was found unconscious in a motel room, according to Glendale authorities. Burrous was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital — he was 43.
According to a CBS Los Angeles report, the suspected cause of death is a drug overdose. The emergency call to the Glendale Police Department stated that a man was unconscious and possibly not breathing.
The Police Department said in a statement that the caller suspected Burrous suffered from an overdose. However, the Glendale police investigators will await the coroner’s report before making an official cause of death report.
The police said the news of Burrous’ death was always going to be “sensitive” due to him being a public figure.
“That was something that we recognized right away, because, you know, everybody knows Chris. So, we knew that this was going to be something that was going to be a very sensitive matter,” Glendale police Sgt. Dan Suttles said.
We have some sad news to report. Chris Burrous, a fixture on the KTLA 5 Morning News since 2011, passed away Thursday. He was a beloved member of the KTLA family and will be deeply missed. He was 43. https://t.co/sWEFQauNZO pic.twitter.com/52a6FnXUN8
— KTLA 5 Morning News (@KTLAMorningNews) December 28, 2018
The Glendale police did not release any details about possible drug paraphernalia found at the scene or the relationship with the man who called the police to the motel where Chris Burrous was found.
Glendale firefighters reportedly found Chris Burrous in the motel room on Thursday afternoon and administered CPR before transporting him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Chris Burrous was a regular on KTLA 5 Morning News since 2011. The news anchor is survived by his wife, Mai Do-Burrous and their nine-year-old daughter Isabella.