Chris Miklos to be remembered at Dallas Eagle Friday night

Miklos

Chris Miklos

Chris Miklos, the popular bear who died suddenly in his sleep this week at age 40, will be remembered by his friends Friday night with a celebration at the Dallas Eagle. “Join us for a night of celebrating and dancing, the way Chris would have wanted us to,” the invitation reads. Folks will gather to remember Chris starting at 11 p.m.

You can read the invite and spread the word here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Chris Miklos dies of apparent heart attack

Chris MiklosI first met Chris Miklos about eight years ago, when he was the partner of a friend of mine, but anyone who met Chris even once would remember him for a long time. Tall, fit and handsome, he was a staple in the gay community, especially popular within the bear culture, spotted instantly for his smile and personal magnetism.

So the Dallas community, and beyond, was shocked to learn Monday afternoon that Miklos died in his sleep, apparently of a heart attack. He was 40. Reports say he was discovered by a neighbor Monday, though he had not been seen since Saturday night.

Chris graduated from the University of Akron and was a clinical research associate, performing medical testing on experimental drugs to treat a variety of ailments, including HIV. He traveled weekly for his work, which he loved. His friends remember him for all he did for the community.

He leaves behind a younger brother and his parents. Services have not been announced.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

TBRU 17: Authors talk about their “Guide for the Modern Bear” before Dallas appearance

Chris Bale, left, and Travis Smith will research modern bear living in Dallas this weekend at the Texas Bear Round Up.

Travis Smith and Chris Bale have discovered the formula for what it takes to make a modern bear. It’s even stated on their website  — modern design + bears + retro + beefcake = well, you get the idea. But if not, they’ll be in Dallas all weekend to explain it to you.

Eschewing the blue collar sensibilities that come with a bearish persona, Smith and Bale celebrated the fact that they had an eye for mid-century motifs and preppy clothes.

“You could take the modern bear idea two ways as in ‘He is today’s bear,’” Smith said, “But we were looking at someone bearish who is into design and fashion and stuff. We were looking at things beside flannel shirts, computers and the usual perception of what a bear is.”

—  Rich Lopez

Oak Lawn man killed by downed power line was active in bear, leather communities

Robert Ragan

The Oak Lawn man electrocuted by a downed power line Tuesday night or early today has been identified as 35-year-old Robert Ragan.

Ragan was found dead outside the the Sycamore Tree Apartments, at 5051 Lahoma St., where he lived. Dallas Fire-Rescue officials say Ragan came into contact with a power line that had been knocked down by a tree limb in Tuesday night’s storm. The Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that Ragan died from accidental electrocution.

Ragan was gay and has been active in the local bear and leather communities, as well as the United Court system, according to reports. He had also worked as a gay porn actor/model who went by the name Robert Elephante.

According to his Facebook profile, Ragan graduated from Mesquite High School in 1994 and the University of Texas at Dallas in 2006, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

A man listed as Ragan’s boyfriend on Facebook couldn’t immediately be reached.

—  John Wright