Monday, April 15, 2024

Chris Burrous’s Family Raised $115K on GoFundMe Before Anyone Knew How He Died– Should They Give the Money Back Now That the Truth Is Out?


When KTLA anchor Chris Burrous died mysteriously on December 28, 2018, his family went into action. They set up two gofundme accounts for his wife and child. There was no explanation, but there were questions since Burrous most likely had life insurance and other benefits.

The funds raised $115,000. One of them was set up by fellow LA TV personality Gigi Graciette. I’ve emailed her several times, but she’s never answered. The other account was set up by Burrous’s sister in law.

So now we know. Burrous died of a meth overdose. He was surrounded by sexual paraphernalia. The full description of his death on The website can’t be aggregated here. It’s too sordid.

Did the family know right away what happened? My guess is, they did. Was their fundraising a fraud? Would people have given money knowing what really happened? “The Big Bang Theory” star Kunal Nayyar donated $5,000. I wonder how he feels now.

I don’t know the answer. If you donated money and want it back, let me know at


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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