Saturday, December 29, 2018

R.I.P.: KTLA L-A News Anchor Chris Burrous Dead

Chris Burrous
UPDATED 4:00 AM 12/29/18: Chris Burrous, an anchor on KTLA 5’s “Morning News,” died Thursday after Glendale police found him unresponsive in a motel room. He was 43, according to The L-A Times.

Police were called to a room at the Days Inn about 1:15 p.m. Thursday, where they found Burrous not breathing, the Glendale Police Department said. Paramedics took him to a hospital, where he died.

Detectives are investigating the incident and Los Angeles County coroner’s officials will determine a cause of death.









In a statement, Don Corsini, president and general manager of KTLA, and Jason Ball, the station’s news director, remembered the anchor as a “great journalist and a wonderful friend to many.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Burrous family. Chris loved sharing the stories of Southern California and connecting with our viewers,” the statement said. “He brought a kindness to his work and will be deeply missed by the entire KTLA family.”



Burrous was found unresponsive at a Glendale Days Inn on Thursday afternoon after a man he was with called police to report that he was passed out and possibly not breathing, Glendale police Sgt. Dan Suttles said in a news briefing.

First responders found Burrous inside a room suffering from a medical emergency — and the other man, who Suttles said “appears to be a friend,” was already administering aid, the station reported.

The man stayed at the scene and “quite honestly did a good job of trying to render aid,” he added.

The friend had indicated Burrous had possibly overdosed.

During his time at KTLA, he helped extend its Morning News segment to seven days a week, anchoring weekends and covering breaking news on weekday mornings. He also highlighted Southern California’s best hole-in-the-wall eateries in his weekend Burrous’ Bites segments.

Burrous helped lead coverage on the region’s devastating wildfires, as well as the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, the station said.

He was married to Mai Do Burrous, a fellow journalist, and the couple shares a 9-year-old daughter, Isabella.

Burrous had been a regular on KTLA’s air since 2011, according to Variety. He was co-anchor of the weekend edition of “KTLA Morning News” and also served as a news correspondent for other KTLA telecasts. Burrous was recently part of the KTLA team that covered the state’s devastating wildfires last month and the mass shooting at Thousand Oaks’ Borderline Bar & Grill.

Burrous was also known for his “Burrous Bites” segment spotlighting local eateries, and for his “Made in California” series of reports on local businesses.

Burrous came to Tribune Media’s KTLA after serving as an anchor for Tribune’s WPIX-TV New York. He began his broadcasting career while attending Chapman University in Orange County. He worked for radio stations in San Bernardino and San Jose before seguing to TV as an evening anchor on KEVN-TV, the Fox affiliate in Rapid City, South Dakota.

From South Dakota Burrous returned to California in 1999 as an anchor for KGET-TV in Bakersfield and later worked for KGPE-TV in Fresno. He then spent six years in the Golden State’s capital as anchor for KMAX-TV’s “Good Day Sacramento.”

43 comments:

  1. Devasting, to his family, TV family, and us the audience and casual friend. He was a staple for us. Devasting. Prayers for his wife, daughter, mother in law, his parents, Lynette, Liberte, and all

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    1. I am devastated with Chris being gone. I watch everyday and feel a great loss. My prayers are with his wife, daughter, and the staff he worked with. He loved everyone dearly. I pray God comfort you and give you His peace.

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  2. See people, drugs affect ALL WALKS OF LIFE!!! I'm a heroin addict and I'm ALMOST POSITIVE that Chris was as well. RIP to a very funny and great news personality. The OPIOID CRISIS IS REAL PEOPLE

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  3. The OPIOID CRISIS IS REAL PEOPLE. We need help...drug's affect all walks of life. RIP Chris...great funny guy

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  4. I'm in shock. So so sorry. Can't stop balling. He was part of my morning start to the day. He was so full of life, so funny. My deepest condolences. Doris Oquendo

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  5. I loved watching Chris..he was humorous and brought so much life to the news show..he touched many lives and made us all smile..I for one will miss his smile and humor.prayers for his family and co-workers...may God bless..

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  6. Chris seemed like such a nice and like-able fellow..we enjoyed watching him on channel 5 and he will be missed. Prayers go out to his family and his KTLA family in this tough time.....God Bless you all....

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  7. REST IN PARADISE Chris Burrows, you will be truly missed. I looked forward the channel 5 news every weekend morning just to see your reports. May God comfort your family and friends at this time...

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  8. I am so sorry for your/ our loss. He was a great person and anchor. I love the weekends I would watch channel 5 Sean and Lynette and liberty. He always made me smile. He truly will be missed. No one can replace him. I will Miss Burrows bites. Comfort and Peace I wish to all of you and his family. Tomorrow morning will be hard for all. Remember we all grieve differently. But hugs do alot💖🤗. 💕Noramae(Cricket)Gomez

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  9. I AM SPEECHLESS! MY HEART IS BROKEN

    MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND CO-WORKERS.

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  10. My daughter DeDe luvs & watches Ch. 5 everyday and he was her favorite. She has been crying & heartbroken for such a young soul gone,RIP to his wife and young daughter..truly sorry for your loss..

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  11. Omg. Soooo young. What were the signs? Hug your family every chance you get!!

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  12. I loved his laugh his talent. He will be missed

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  13. OMG I just find this a bad dream. What ever the cause of his death our prayers go out to his family. He must of had his reasons...too sad he could not get over that

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  14. mother Lynette. so sorry for your loss.

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  15. Wow... I always watch KTLA and the weekends we're always fun...Chris was always joking around with Lynette and Liberty...Got a kick out of when he snorted when laughing so hard...wow.. just can't believe it...very sad...

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  16. What sad news. I so enjoyed his personality,strong spirit and humor. I always looked forward to seeing him! Prayers and bless his family.

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  17. I woke up on the weekends and before coffee I had to tune in to channel 5 news. He was silly and funny. My prayers are with the family

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  18. R.I.P. Chris Burrows, you will be missed by many in Sacramento, Ca Prayers to your family.

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  19. I am so sorry to hear about what happened to this person,Chris. I would watch him, Henry ,Lynette and liberty every morning before I went to work. This just tells me that we never know when are time will come, R.I.P and may God be with you and your family.

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  20. We as KTLA viewers are devastated by the news today about our wonderful friend Chris. May he r.i.p.

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  21. RIP Chris Burros.. You will be missed.. The 8:38 stretch will never be the same.. LA loves you and your family.. 💔

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  22. RIP Chris Burros.. You will be missed.. The 8:38 stretch will never be the same.. LA loves you and your family.. 💔

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  23. I'm so sad to hear of this great lose my heart and prayers are with you and your family Chris you will be truly miss ....the weakend news will never be the same without you

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  24. Omg 😢😢😢 my prays🙏 2 his family and 2 KTLA he will be deeply missed, 😢💔💔💔 i would always watch KTLA every morning. 😢😢💔💔

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  25. Omg I'm going miss u Chris you made my morning news daily

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  26. I feel like i’m mourning a family member. I landed in michigan yesterday morning to visit my boyfriend, and got a text from my dad saying chris burros had passed away. The whole day all i could think of was my ktla family and chris. Burros was the reason we were allowed to watch the news in my house. it became a morning ritual to meet in the living room to watch the weekend news with chris and lynette. It will never be the same. Since i’m currently in michigan i don’t get KTLA, however, you guys have become such a huge part of our lives, my mom is taping the whole morning segment for me today. LYNETTE LIBERTÈ & DAYNA, such beautiful things you all had to say and share about him. Burros was such an amazing, funny loving person. He will be forever missed. i hope you guys get a chance to read this, and know WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU ALL as well as for his beautiful wife and daughter. WE LOVE YOU CHRIS !!

    Katie, Rich, Arlene & Emily Baum
    (our dogs oliver & trisha watch with us every morning as well, they send their prayers) xoxo

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  27. R.I.P Chris Burrows you will be missed and never forgotten. My prayers are with you,your family and friends. God bless

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  28. So very shocked and saddened to hear of his passing! What a funny funny man!! Can't stop crying watching the tribute KTLA did for him this morning! RIP Chris Burrous! Thank you for making us laugh and for your infectious personality! You will be missed!! 😢

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  29. My heart goes out to his family. I was crying this morning whith Liberté and Annette during this morning's show...😪

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  30. Shocking and such unfortunate news. He had such a great personality, alluring really, it was shocking to hear this news. I really enjoyed Burrows Bites and have a list of places to ride on Sunday morning rides because of it. Being a dad my heart goes out to his daughter. We all make mistakes and I hope she can hold onto the love a man such as Chris must have shown her. Be well little Isabella and know your father will always be smiling down on you.

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  31. I was in shock on Friday,as I turned on channel 5 when it said Remembering Chris,I could not believe it.May you Rest in Peace.Only the good die Young ..

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  32. This news effected people of all ages. Chris was the greatest. No matter what the outcome of his cause of death I can only hope if its something most people don't understand and look down on to realize the best people have problems and not to judge. The reason for his death does not affect the wonderful person he was and just watching him and knowing him was a gift.may he rest in love and peace. To his entire family my heart goes out to all of you and may you find peace knowing he was the best of the best. To all his co workers I feel your pain just watching you all trying to go on without him. Just know he is in a wonderful place now because he was a wonderful person. God bless all of you and may God ease the pain of your loss and dry your tears. Chris would not want to know all the sorrow pain and broken hearts this has caused. Continue to remember the funny intelligent goof ball great guy he was.
    God Bless all of you

    Sincerely Lynn (a dedicated viewer)

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  33. Chris would always make me laugh. I always watched them on the weekends. Him and Lynett were like an ole married couple, she tried to keep him in line. I was in total shock when i heard the news have even shed some tears. My weekends will never be the same now. All of you lovely ladies did an outstanding job on Sat remembering Chris. Love and Prayers go out to his family and all the KTLA family and all the viewers like myself who are heart broken. RIP CHRIS BURROWS💔
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  34. So sorry to hear that Chris Burrows has passed away. I watch every weekend the KTLA 5 News; he was the BEST, and will be sorely missed!
    Praying for his wife, daughter, and family.
    RIP Chris Burrows.

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  35. My Heart goes out to the family ,its so sad I remember him.ON GOOD Day,, ..
    I loss my daughter to an PILL OVER DOSE SHE WENT TO SLEEP AND SHE NEVER AWOKE.#33YRS OLD BEEN ALMOST 3 YRS AND IT HURTS IM IN SHOCK I struggle GOD bless your family I am praying and send my condolences.prayered up AND HAVE YOU IN MY PRAYERS.#AMEN.

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  36. It's still heavy on my heart that Chris Burrows has been given his key to the golden gate. My husband and I
    watched his segment every weekend. Watching him and Lynnette go back & forth with their bickering was always so hilarious. She truly would keep on him like a mother scolding her child. It was so amusing, all the ladies humorously battled with him. I am regretful that my husband or I didn't pursue in inviting him for a Buttows bite. I kept telling my husband to write in and request. We would of personally had that honor of meeting him. This is a strong reminder for our 2019 don't hesitate, don't sit & think twice about something, act on it,pursue in all your thoughts and let not anyone you love when walking out that door to begin the day go without telling them you love them, your proud of them and time can't be soon enough to you see them again. RIP Chris🙏. Thoughts and prayers for healing, love & comfort to his wife, daughter, other family members along with KTLA family.Hold each other, lean on one another be there with open arms for each other on this long journey of healing & recovering.
    💖Forever more~Anna

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  37. My thoughts and prayers are with Chris Burrows wife and Daughter. My condolences to KTLA Family Im still sad about Chris Burrows I have been watching KTLA family Forever KTLA does an amazing job It still hard to believe Chris Burrows is gone he put an edge on watching the news he was an amazing anchor man Liberty Lannet Dana you are amazing woman im still watching Ktla I will never stop you ladies are doing a good job my thoughts and prayers are with you guys .RIP Chris Burrows you will be missed

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  38. Don't judge ,he's clearly human, stay strong together!, family and friends!share precious memories it'll keep him alive always in your heart as with the loss of my son, rip Chris

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  39. Such great loss! Chris Burroughs you will be deeply missed. KTLA channel 5 news will nevee be the same with out him. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family, his wife and daughter. All of KTLA news cast. He will forever be remembered! RIP! Chris Burroughs. Forever in our hearts!

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  40. What a wonderful man loved his smile so much success so young ❤️ rip in Chris you will be missed.there is somethings I don't understand about the go fund me page. Chris was a anchor for the channel 5 news Ktla for over 10 years he was successful hard working. How could his wife and daughter be left with out nothing there has to be something there. He didn't make 10 dollars a hour he came from a family of success his mother the creater of NASA and his father a farm land owner IAM more than sure they would love to take care of there granddaughter . After all it's sadden that they can't take care of his one and only daughter that he loved so much and cherished so much I think my self that Chris is ashemmed of the way that went. Sad to say but true rip Chris you will always be in or ��

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