Here’s a public service announcement that tragically comes too late for one well-respected news anchor: Meth does not belong in a human body, and certainly not inserted anally.
Longtime KTLA personality Chris Burrous’ cause of death has been officially attributed to methamphetamine toxicity, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
Meth use among men who have sex with men has seen a resurgence in recent years, and it’s something we need to talk about in the open. It’s easy to villainize users, to blame people for their problems, but something continues to lead men towards the unbelievably harmful substance that must be addressed.
Burrous, 43, was found unconscious in a motel room in Glendale, California on December 27, and died after being transported to the hospital.
A man had called Glendale police and told them “an individual he was with had passed out and was possibly not breathing.” The man, who said he initially met Burrous on Grindr and had seen him four times previously for sex, tried to perform CPR on Burrous before paramedics arrived.
Before Burrous had fallen unconscious, he’d inserted two rocks of crystal meth in his rectum.
The other man was not charged with a crime and the death was ruled accidental.
Burrous appeared on KTLA since 2011, co-anchoring the weekend edition of KTLA Morning News and acting as a correspondent for other affiliate telecasts. He was well-known for his “Burrous Bites” segments featuring local restaurants.
He is survived by a wife and daughter.