Chris Burrous

Chris Burrous

Chris Burrous, a longtime anchor at KTLA in Los Angeles, and a former anchor at KGET in Bakersfield, died of methamphetamine toxicity while engaging in sexual activity, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

In an autopsy report released Friday, the medical examiner describes explicit sexual activity and the use of “rock” methamphetamine by Burrous, twice, previous to his death. In addition, Burrous, 43, “put on a mask and doused the filters with ’poppers,’” the report continues, referring to a slang term given broadly to amyl nitrate and similar drugs that are inhaled for recreational purposes.

Hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease also significantly contributed to Burrous’ death, the coroner’s office found.

“Autopsy revealed an enlarged heart, with coronary artery disease,” the report says. “Pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs) was also present. The liver and spleen were enlarged.”

While there was a concern for the presence of amyl nitrate (poppers) in Burrous’ system, toxicology testing did not confirm its presence.

Burrous’ death was determined to be accidental.

According to a coroner’s office investigator’s report based on information provided by a detective with the Glendale Police Department, Burrous checked into a hotel room “in person and alone” at a Days Inn in Glendale on Dec. 27.

“He met his male companion through a dating site, Grindr, and set up this meeting; reportedly the decedent and this companion had met up four previous times,” the report says.

The companion arrived at 12:30 p.m. and described the room as set up with lighting, a massage bench and other items.

During sexual activity, combined with the use of meth in rock form and poppers, the companion told investigators he noticed Burrous had vomited into the mask. After first calling an overdose hotline, the companion called 911 and administered CPR until a paramedic arrived.

Burrous was taken to a hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Burrous had been a morning news anchor at KTLA since 2011. Prior to that, he worked as an anchor at KGET in Bakersfield from 1999 to 2004, according to the station. He also worked at other stations, including KGPE in Fresno

"Since joining the KTLA team in 2011, Chris Burrous did it all," the station said in a Facebook post. "He wore reporter, anchor and even meteorologist hats. His talent brought smiles to our faces when he kept it light on the KTLA 5 Weekend Morning News, and tears to our eyes while covering hard news.”

Burrous leaves behind a wife and a 9-year-old daughter.

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“Since checking into the Days Inn, Chris Burrous did it all,” the motel janitor said in a report to the Sanitation Department. “He wore leather chaps, nipple clamps, and a gimp hat. His ‘talent’ brought smiles to men’s faces when he kept it light on all fours, and tears to their eyes when covering hard [redacted].”

Concerned Citizen of Bakersfield

Some lose weight by fasting...others lose everything by fisting...


I can’t believe the lack of empathy from you cold hearted morons. I hope all of you, when your time comes, that it comes in the most embarrassing time in your judgemental, unchristianlike, name-calling, bigoted lives. With whatever devices you hide in your nightstands to all the gay romps you yourselves secretly have - May it all come out on your last day on Earth! ... hypocrites.


I was with you until you accused us all of having secret gay lives and stuff hidden in our nightstands. It says something about you that you believe that “ everybody does it.” Nope.


Shame on you, for smearing others with the behavior you appear to have intimate knowledge of. That is the definition of hypocrisy. If you want to be an apologist for this dude's behavior, that is your right. Trying to discredit someone else's values by defaming Christians, that is childish. If it's any consolation, we will spend eternity doing what we do on Earth, some in Heaven enjoying God's ways, some in H#ll choking on their own vomit.


Good. One less deviant, degenerate. He won't be missed around here.


In the modern social age, there is no excuse for a homosexual feeling compelled to live a heterosexual fake lifestyle (bisexual, gay or whatever you want to call it). The generation for the most part who degraded homosexuals into living a heterosexual lifestyle have either died off or are too old to do anything about it anymore.

Fram Smith

You don't know what you don't know. Chris was a funny witty guy. I don't know if he was bi- sexual or gay, but what is sad is that he never was secure in himself to come out and tell the world, " this is who I am". He could have lived with a harem of sheep, and I wouldn't care. Now the hard drugs, the meth, was he addicted to meth, or was he using meth to remove his sexual inhibitions? If he had come out of the closet, would he be alive today? If Chris had come out of the closet in Bakersfield, would he had lost his job here? Chris felt the need to keep who he was in a deep dark closet. I can not help to think that he would be alive today, if he had come out of the closet when he knew who he was- but he would have never made it in local tv if he had come out 10 years ago. THANK YOU CHRIS FOR HELPING US BE INFORMED AND FOR YOUR HUMOR- I WILL MISS YOU- AND I DO NOT CARE IF YOU WERE STRAIGHT, GAY, OR BI- WE ARE WHO WE ARE.


f he hadn't been an Idiot using illegal drugs, he would be alive today. Being gay isn't a big deal anymore, don't use that as an excuse, he hadn't worked in Bakersfield for several years. Place the blame where it belongs, on him!


Poor wife...wonder if she had any idea when he said he was "on an assignment" he was hooking up with other homosexuals and engaging in such bizarre behavior. Also, the article didn't state whether or not his "male companion" was charged with involuntary manslaughter for giving him an overdose of illegal drugs. But, being in CA and being a homosexual, I guess that is considered by the authorities to be acceptable activity.


At least he died doing what he loved.

Boogerface Nutter

Man, I watched that show every saturday and sunday. Loved it and Chris Burrous. Goes to show, you never know.
Kind of screwed up thing to leave with your wife and daughter.


OMG what a degenerate .. sick fellow .. took his meth in an interesting fashion


saves the teeth

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