KTLA anchors and reporters are sharing heartfelt tributes to Chris Burrous, KTLA 5’s Morning News reporter and anchor who died Thursday at 43.

Anchor Dayna Devon, who worked with Burrous on weekends, tearfully remembered her colleague as “a true genius..he just got it.” You can watch the video above.

Christina Pascucci wrote on Instagram, “This morning he was supposed to be sitting next to me.” “I keep thinking ‘what would Chris do’ in this situation,” Pascucci wrote. “Chris, we will do our best to honor you today and always in every assignment, but nobody does it like you.”

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Yesterday morning we were on air together, laughing. Less than 6 hours later, our colleague and friend was found unresponsive in a motel. His loss has broken our hearts. This morning he was supposed to be sitting next to me. I keep thinking “what would Chris do” in this situation. We all have hilarious memories of him. He could make a jar of jam the most interesting object in the world. He was real. Raw. Honest. And he cared so much about you, the viewer. I know our viewers fiercely loved him back. He taught me so much, he was a master of his craft. Yesterday we were talking about the future, his 9 y/o daughter Isabella, how proud he was of her caring heart. And how he loved his job and wanted to keep anchoring at @ktla5news until it wasn’t fun anymore. Chris, we will do our best to honor you today and always in every assignment, but nobody does it like you. And Mai and Isabella have the entire army of the #KTLA family behind them. Rest In peace, my friend. 💔 And if you have any hilarious Chris stories, please share below. He would want us to be smiling. #chrisburrous #RIP

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Anchor Chris Schauble tweeted that Burrous was a multi-faceted talent. “No one has his amazing range (anchor, weather, traffic, feature and breaking news reporter). Unmatched as a proud husband & father. Right now he’s telling the angels where to find the best food.”

KTLA anchor Sam Rubin, wrote of Burrous’ strong connection with viewers and the community. “Here’s the thing. This is awful. Heartbreaking and horrible. What Chris Burrous did was connect – with all of us, every day, and most especially on the weekends. He deeply loved his wife and his daughter; and all of you who watched him. A large community is in mourning tonight.

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