Above: Chris Page
By Matt Munoz, Bakotopia Editor
Former Bakersfield Californian entertainment reporter, and one of the original 'Under 21' reporters at the paper from 2000 - 2003 was found dead on Monday, May 26, 2008, at his Mesa, Arizona apartment by friends who had been wondering of his whereabouts.
Although no details surrounding his death have been released, Bakotopia did speak with Arizona East Valley Tribune reporter Sam Mittelsteadt to confirm the news of Page's sudden passing. Page had been employed at The Tribune for the passed 5 - Years until two weeks ago.
Mittelsteadt gave no further comment.
**Chris Page was a big supporter of the Bakersfield music and arts scene, and was responsible for introducing Californian readers to the underground arts scene. He was also an avid musician himself, as a bass player for local ska band - The Skeptics, and Near Miss Mallet.
On a personal note - I knew Chris for years, during his time at The Californian. He wrote many articles on my band Mento Buru as well as any band who gave him a demo, and always took the heat as an honest local critic with his own unique personal voice. Our prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends. He will be missed...
Also printed in Bakotopia issue 30, 6-12-08