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LA News Anchor Chris Burrous Dead After Possible Overdose, His Network Reports

Los Angeles news anchor Chris Burrous has died after being found unconscious Thursday, his network reported.

Paramedics were called to a Days Inn motel in Glendale on Thursday afternoon after a man called to report that the KTLA Morning News reporter was passed out and wasn’t breathing. The man who found Burrous was described as a friend of his by the Glendale Police Department, and was reportedly trying to administer aid to him as the authorities arrived.

Medics performed CPR on Burrous and transported him to a local hospital, where he was eventually pronounced dead. Authorities do not suspect the anchor committed suicide, and while toxicology reports haven’t been completed yet, the police were told in their initial call that Burrous might have experiencing an overdose.

“What we know at this point is that the call came in as a medical emergency, and that’s how it was handled,” Police Sgt. Dan Suttles said in a press conference. KTLA reports that Suttles also gave props to the man who found Burrous, saying he “quite honestly did a good job of trying to render aid.”

KTLA President and General Manager Don Corsini and news director Jason Ball issued a joint statement on Thursday night to mourn Burrous’ tragic death and offer sympathy to his 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.”

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