Beefcake Model And Bear Icon Chris Miklos Dead At 40

4f48f3004a07eChris Miklos, beefcake model and Modern Bear muse, has reportedly died of an unconfirmed heart attack in Dallas, Texas this week. He was 40 years old.

Miklos became a noted fixture in the gay bear community for his modeling work, 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 bear photographers Blake Little and Michael Alago.

The news of Miklos’ death was first reported by Kenneth Walsh last night, who said that a “mutual friend” had confirmed the passing. Bear World magazine, which Miklos was working on a 2015 calendar for at the time of his death, confirmed the news in a Facebook post this morning:

A Kickstarter page for The Chris Miklos 2015 calendar was shut down this morning, though it still appears online. According to its description, Miklos was “one of the friendliest guys around”:

Chris and Mack have created some amazing photography and Chris’ image has become very recognizable around the web. He gets recognized at events, and is known to be one of the friendliest guys around. He is the main model for Burly Shirts, so is very well known around the Bear Community.

A large number of commenters on Facebook and this DataLounge thread, some claiming to have inside knowledge, have suspected a heart attack as the cause of death, though no official announcement had been made available before time of posting.

If the COD was in fact a heart attack, Miklos follows a host of beefy gay male fixtures to reportedly die of a heart attack, including gay porn star Erik Rhodes and model/singer Quentin Elias.

Our condolences to Chris Miklos’ friends, family and fans.