A Los Angeles celebrity has died unexpectedly at 43. Chris Burrous, a fixture on KTLA's Morning News since 2011, died at a hospital Thursday in what police describe as a possible overdose. Firefighters responding to a report of an unconscious man at a Days Inn in the LA suburb of Glendale found the weekend anchor wasn't breathing shortly after 1:15pm, per CBS LA. "Everybody knows Chris, so we knew that this … was gonna be a very sensitive matter," says Glendale Sgt. Dan Suttles. He says the initial call described a possible overdose, though a toxicology report is pending. "There are no words," says fellow KTLA anchor Lynette Romero, who shared a smiling photo of herself and Burrous on set on what turned out to be "our last time together," per the Los Angeles Times.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Burrous family," reads a statement from Don Corsini, KTLA's president and general manager, and news director Jason Ball. "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." Burrous, who graduated from Chapman University with a degree in broadcast journalism, joined KTLA after 14 years as a reporter and was "well known for his 'Burrous' Bites' food segments," per the Hollywood Reporter. He also had an active social media presence. Days ago, Burrous posted a video showing himself and his family discussing Christmas celebrations, per CBS LA. He leaves behind a wife, fellow journalist Mai Do-Burrous, and 9-year-old daughter, per KTLA. (A TV meteorologist died recently at 35.)