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KTLA's Chris Burrous dead at 43

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12 hours ago, MorningNews said:

On Saturday’s memorial program station President Jason Ball said we won’t truly understand the brilliance that was Burrous until it comes time to find a worthy replacement. There was simply no other like him.

Jason Ball is the station's news director. And you're right. There was no one like Chris Burrous...

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Just finished watching KTLA's coverage of The Rose Parade, and they closed the program with a shot of the broadcast crew from a previous year in memory of Chris Burrous.

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Not reading anything into it, but Spillman co-anchored today with Lynette. Last weekend Lauren Lyster (weekend Morning News reporter) co-anchored. Looks like they might be trying a few people out until they find a suitable replacement for Chris. Also, FYI...Chris was laid to rest yesterday at a private funeral at Rose Hills in Whittier. There were a few snippets on KTLA's IG. Sam Rubin, Wendy Burch among others eulogized Chris. 

 

Enjoy your eternal rest, Chris.

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On 1/12/2019 at 11:02 AM, FiveNews said:

Not reading anything into it, but Spillman co-anchored today with Lynette. Last weekend Lauren Lyster (weekend Morning News reporter) co-anchored. Looks like they might be trying a few people out until they find a suitable replacement for Chris. Also, FYI...Chris was laid to rest yesterday at a private funeral at Rose Hills in Whittier. There were a few snippets on KTLA's IG. Sam Rubin, Wendy Burch among others eulogized Chris. 

 

Enjoy your eternal rest, Chris.

Speculating about the guy's replacement is wholly inappropriate in the thread about his passing.

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1 hour ago, fan of la tv said:

The coroner officially released the cause of Chris Burrous's death.  It was methamphetamine toxicity.  

I just read a story from a blog site and it was horrible. I feel so bad for his wife and family. Why would someone think to write something like that? Sending love and positivity to his family and KTLA. 

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Burrous Death
Date: 02-22-2019 3:10 PM - Word Count: 366

 

Burrous Death
   Coroner: TV Anchor Chris Burrous Suffered Meth Overdose During Sex Encounter
   Eds: NOTE nature. Coroner's case 2018-09806. Suttles can be reached at
(818) 484-1089.Ardalani can be reached at (323) 343-0783 or
sardalani@coroner.lacounty.gov.
   GLENDALE (CNS) - KTLA5 weekend anchor Chris Burrous, who was found
unconscious in a Glendale motel room two days after Christmas, died from an
accidental methamphetamine overdose, the county coroner reported today.
   Police were contacted at 1:15 p.m. Dec. 27 by a caller who said a man
he was with at the Days Inn, 450 Pioneer Drive, had passed out and was possibly
not breathing, Glendale police Sgt. Dan Suttles previously said.
   A dispatcher gave the man instructions on how to perform CPR and he
was attempting to administer emergency aid when firefighters arrived, Suttles
said.
   Glendale firefighters found Burrous inside the motel room, not
breathing, Suttles said. They administered CPR and the 43-year-old newscaster
was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:06 p.m.
   An autopsy was performed Dec. 28, but the cause of death was deferred
pending further investigation.
   ``It was later determined Burrous died from methamphetamine
toxicity,'' Sarah Ardalani of the Los Angeles County coroner's office said in a
statement released Friday afternoon. ``Other contributing factors include
hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.''
   According to the coroner's report, Burrous had inserted the drug into
his anus and put on a bondage mask laced with amyl nitrate ``poppers'' during a
sexual encounter with a man he met on the Grindr dating website.
   Burrous, who was married with a 9-year-old daughter, graduated from
Chapman University in Orange with a degree in broadcast journalism and began a
two-decade career in news starting at KCKC-AM and KCXX-FM in San Bernardino
while he was still in school.
   He went on to work at stations in San Jose, Rapid City, South Dakota,
Bakersfield, Fresno, Sacramento and KTLA sister station WPIX in New York City
before transferring to Los Angeles.
   Burrous was credited with helping extend the ``KTLA Morning News'' to
seven days a week, anchoring weekends and covering breaking news on weekday
mornings. His weekend ``Burrous' Bites'' segments, which highlighted hole-in-
the- wall eateries in Southern California, were a viewer favorite.

CNS-02-22-2019 15:10

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I feel sorry for his family that this is now out there and public knowledge. I know that is the story of how it went down but damn it put it all out there!😨 

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On 2/22/2019 at 7:16 PM, Daybreak said:

I just read a story from a blog site and it was horrible. I feel so bad for his wife and family. Why would someone think to write something like that? Sending love and positivity to his family and KTLA. 

 

 

Very sad story but, like any other public figure who dies suddenly, the public will want to know and media organizations will, rightfully so, report any details they can confirm. 

 

It’s too bad that the full investigation took this long to complete. Would have almost been better if it could’ve have been done and over and the details all released just after his death. Now his family and coworkers have had to go through this painful process twice in the span of two months. 

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