LA news anchor found dead in hotel room

Los Angeles news anchor Chris Burrous was found dead in a hotel room Thursday in what police are investigating as a possible drug overdose. 

Burrous, a 43-year-old morning anchor at the KTLA television station, was found unresponsive at a Days Inn after a man he was with called authorities to report he had passed out and may not be breathing, according to a statement from police.

The man said Burrous may have been suffering from an overdose.


Glendale Police Sgt. Dan Suttles later said at a news briefing that paramedics arrived at the scene, where the man, who he said “appears to be a friend,” was already administering aid, KTLA reported.

First responders administered CPR and transported Burrous to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Burrous family. 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,” KTLA president and general manager Don Corsini and news director Jason Ball said in a statement. 

Burrous is survived by his wife and daughter.

“There are no words,” KTLA reporter and anchor Lynette Romero wrote on Twitter.

“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...”