The BEAR community, and beyond, was shocked to learn that Monday afternoon sexy, hairy model Chris Miklos died in his sleep, apparently of a heart attack. He was 40 years old. Chris was a model for Modern Bear, Mack Sturgis Studios, Atlasmen and working for Burly Shirts as a clothing model. You can also found him in music videos like “Better this way” from Doug Strahm, where he played the bolder half of a construction working couple and in “Bear for Life” from Pete Statham.
Chris was very known in the Gay Bear community, where he was adored for his built physique, groomed and tatted body, sweet smile and kind heart.
Chris graduated from the University of Akron and went after college for the military. He was a clinical research associate, performing medical testing on experimental drugs to treat a variety of ailments, including HIV. He traveled weekly or his work, which he loved. Besides that important work, he did some modeling, which shed light on the beauty of what used to be a largely underrepresented group of men within the gay community: Larger, hairier, and more rugged-looking men. He had worked previously as a nude beefcake model and posed for noted photographers Blake Little and Michael Alago. The latest Chris was working on trying through a fundraiser to make it happen, was for Bear World Magazine. They wanted to create a 2015 calendar with Chris. Chris and Mack Sturgis have created some amazing photography and Chris’ image had become very recognizable around the web. He got recognized at events, and is known to be one of the friendliest guys around.
Chris was discovered by a concerned neighbor last Monday the 21st of July 2014, though he had not been seen since Saturday night. The cause of death was a mid-sleep heart attack. Miklos is remembered by his younger brother, his father and his mother. His friends remember him for all he did for the community.