Monday, May 27, 2024

Three Weeks After His Death, Still No One Has Said Why KTLA Anchor Chris Burrous Overdosed at a Suburban Days Inn


December 28th– it wasn’t that long ago. Three weeks.

Yet in that time no one from Los Angeles or from KTLA has answered this question: Why was anchor Chris Burrous at a suburban Days Inn at one o’clock in the afternoon? Why did he overdose and what from? What caused his death?

The 43 year old anchorman, so popular in Los Angeles, remains a mystery and so does his tragic death. Married, with a young daughter, Burrous was the embodiment of a public celebrity– peppy, avuncular, full of life. One thing we know is that he loved to eat. His “Burrous Bites” segments were a highlight of the station and his career.

But on December 28th a still unknown man– known, actually to the Glendale Police Department– called in Burrous’s overdose.

No police report is available from the incident and won’t be until the autopsy is released. Even then we may not know what happened. And L.A. media quickly covered up whatever they knew about Burrous. Did he have a secret life? Was there another side to Burrous the public was unaware of?

And meantime, Burrous’s family has raised $135,000 in two separate gofundme campaigns. Even that begs questions no one in Los Angeles asked. Didn’t he have savings? A pension? Life insurance? Gofundme is usually used to raise money for people who’ve survived natural disasters, or don’t have insurance, or are destitute. Wasn’t Burrous earning a decent wage at KTLA?

Below, a video from Burrous’s funeral, which was held without much fanfare. Sadly, it was on his 44th birthday.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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