Monday, July 21, 2014

RIP: Bear Model Chris Miklos Is Dead at 40


Don't have many details, but heard from a mutual friend that Chris had died. His ModelMayhem page listed him as being 40 and others say they had just seen him at a pool party. Very sad news.


I see a Kickstarter for his 2015 calender still has 38 days to go on it HERE.




UPDATE: I'm hearing Chris had a heart attack in his sleep at home in Dallas, the cause of which has not been announced. Speculation about steroid abuse has run rampant on the Internet, causing some of Chris' loved ones to cry foul. I think you would have to have your head in the sand to not think performance-enhancing drugs were a part of his life, but I only mention this as a possible explanation for a life being snuffed out too soon, not as a judgment of him.

Here's a statement from Mack Sturgis Studios, where Chris was their muse:
We here at Mack Sturgis Studio are devastated to have heard the news about Chris's passing. Chris has basically been our Spokesmodel since he first walked into our studio 2 1/2 years ago…immediately inspiring us with his rugged good looks, charming personality, and adventurous willingness to help bring our visions to life. It is my sincere honor to have known him and to have had the opportunity to create the body of work we created together…from a beyond fantasy fireman to an image of masculine beauty encased in a shell of leather. Through Chris I found a direction for my Mack Sturgis vision and with the simplest of gestures he could project a beam of life through the lens of the camera, creating an image immediately representing the essence of male strength and valor. The beauty of his spirit and laugh perfectly mirrored what we all saw in the resulting images. 


This image is what we would call our "Classic Chris" pose during a shoot…I could simply say "let's see the Classic Chris"…and out would come the Big Guns…and a fantastic smile every time. Thank you thank you, Chris, for the growth you encouraged in me as an artist and for your enthusiasm to see just what we could come up with each time you visited the studio…and for your patience as I learned my way around studio lighting...
I hope it is the light of Heaven in which you now shine! 
Bear Hugs, 
Mack

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Steriods and Hiv. sad

Anonymous said...

He was a known steroid and drug user. Sorry, I don't feel bad. His fault.

Dwayne Price said...

I would not call Chris a porn star...he was a model. He didn't do sex acts in front of the camera.

Cliff Kavanagh said...

Angry and jealous person. Show your face...

Anonymous said...

Jesus, a man dies and that's your first reaction, R1/2? You are one cold, bitter, sad excuse for a human being.

owen said...

Show respect for his passing. Keep your jealous judgmental opinions of him to yourself. Why be anonymous if you know what you say is true.

Anonymous said...

Oh that's sad, he had this positive vibe around him and the whole manlyhood emanating from him mad him my favourite model... 40 is too young :(

Anonymous said...

I've met Chris when I first moved to Dallas and played against Chris in tennis tournaments around the city. He was a very nice to me and we had conversations with I enjoyed. I am very sad to hear this news.

CJ Lindes said...

Chris should be known for what he did in HIV industry. he supervised drug trials and travelled the country to the various labs. He was an intelligent, well known and well loved man. To whomever wrote "Steroids and hiv" and "he did this to himself and I don't feel bad" - get your heard checked and throw your ignorant judgment elsewhere. Its low class, rude and just offensive.

Chris Lindes, Friend of Chris Miklos's

Charlie McDonald said...

Chris was a total sweetheart.

He wasn't HIV+ and it should not matter if he had been. He wouldn't have been ashamed of it. How cruel to still attach so much stigma to HIV as though someone deserves to die because they happen to be. And crueler still that you who spill this bile are likely gay — you should know better.

I'm also personally skeptical that Chris did many steroids. I've known him for over 8 years. He never got big. He got ripped, but not huge. He looks *MUCH* bigger in his pictures than he was in real life.

But again, just because a man may have done steroids doesn't mean that he is worthy of condescension, particularly after his death. What kind of person has no respect for the recently departed? You should examine you character before commenting on his.

Canuck said...

I agree that our first concern should be for his loved ones and their grief. However, if his death is proven to be roid related then we should be talking about it. It could save others' lives. That's important.

And let's face it. 40? He had the face of a man in his late 50s. I am 8 years older and don't have a quarter of the wrinkles. There was some hard living there -- I don't know if it was roids, recreational drugs or HIV.tiit

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