Chris Burrous, a news anchor for Los Angeles's KTLA station, died from a possible drug overdose Thursday at a Glendale, California, motel.
The Glendale Police Department said it received a call around 1:15 p.m. Thursday from a man at the Days Inn indicating that another man he was with had passed out and was not breathing.
When the fire department arrived on the scene, the 43-year-old Morning News anchor was not breathing. He was given CPR and transported to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Glendale police said in a statement that the caller indicated Burrous may have overdosed. Authorities are waiting for the Los Angeles County coroner's office to determine the exact cause of death.
KTLA President and General Manager Don Corsini and News Director Jason Ball issued a statement Thursday night calling Burrous "a great journalist."
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Burrous family," the statement reads. "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."
Burrous is survived by his wife and 9-year-old daughter. On Christmas Day, he streamed a Facebook Live from his home as he showcased his wife's cooking.
Burrous joined KTLA in 2011. He had previously spent 14 years as a reporter and anchor at various news stations.
His KTLA colleagues, many of them shocked by the news of his death, paid tribute to him on Twitter.