A beloved KTLA anchor was found unconscious at a California motel on Thursday and later died, according to reports.
Police were called to a Days Inn in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon and found a man, later identified as 43-year-old Chris Burrous, passed out and not breathing. Lifesaving measures were performed and he was rushed to the hospital, but later died.
Burrous' cause of death is being investigated. According to CBS News, the original call suggested a potential overdose.
In a statement, police said they realize the sensitivity of the case.
"That was something that we recognized right away, because, you know, everybody knows Chris. So we knew that this was gonna be something that was gonna be a very sensitive matter," Glendale police Sgt. Dan Suttles said. "We're waiting for a toxicology report to come back from the coroner's office.
"Until we get that we won't be able to tell what the cause of death was. It is being investigated as a possible overdose."
Burrous had been working at KTLA since 2011. Burrous co-anchored the weekend edition of “KTLA Morning News” and was also a news correspondent for other KTLA telecasts.
The station issued a statement after his death.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Burrous family," KTLA President Don Corsini and News Director Jason Ball said in a joint statement.
Colleagues also took to Twitter to mourn the anchor's death.
Burrous leaves behind a wife and a 9-year-old daughter.