KTLA Morning Anchor Chris Burrous Dead at 43

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

Journalists coast to coast are in shock this morning.

KTLA morning anchor Chris Burrous died on Thursday after a possible overdose, according to Glendale, Calif., police.

Stations across the Los Angeles market reported the news on Friday morning. Burrous was discovered on Thursday afternoon after a man he was with at a Days Inn hotel called 911 and reported he was unresponsive. When paramedics arrived the man he was with was administering aid, said police.


Burrous was transferred to the hospital where he later died.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Burrous family. 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 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.”

Burrous joined the Tribune station in 2011. Prior to that, he worked for its sister station WPIX in New York.

“Man! I’m speechless. We are in shock here,” said Burrous’ former WPIX colleague, Craig Treadway, on Twitter.

KTLA dedicated its entire morning newscast to Burrous and his various contributions to the station beyond his role as morning anchor.

He left behind his wife and 9-year-old daughter.