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Rick Genest, Canadian Model Known As Zombie Boy, Dies At 32

03 August 2018

Gaga paid her respects to her friend on social media, tweeting: "The suicide of friend Rick Genest, Zombie Boy is beyond devastating".

It is believed that Genest died by suicide just days before what would have been his 33rd birthday next Tuesday.

iHeart Radio Canada, released the news, which also confirmed that Genest was found dead inside his residence in Montreal, Canada, on August 1, 2018.

Rick Genest, aka Zombie Boy, during the making of an anti-bullying video in Montreal in November 2012.

Many highlighted the recent death of well known personalities like Kade Spade, Avicii, Chester Bennington and Anthony Bourdain and said that it was high time to talk about the issue of mental health.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, don't hesitate to reach out for help.

He also famously appeared in Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" music video and worked with Riggs, a former guitarist for Rib Zombie, on a collaborative music project in 2015.

Genest holds the Guinness World Record for the greatest number of insects (176), and greatest number of bones (139) tattooed on one body.

"Icon of the artistic scene and the fashion world, this innovator, against popular culture, has been able to charm all hearts".

The regretted model was well known for his tattoos that made him look like a living skeleton with an exposed brain. "As in my life, I was often out-casted, hated, or misunderstood".

"Zombies, to many, represent a pervasive xenophobia", he said.

In January, 2011 Ganest modeled for the Autum/Winter collection by French designer Thierry Mugler, headlining on the brand's website, and had another gig at a fashion show for the women's 2011 Autumn/Winter line alongside Lady Gaga.

He also was in the 2013 fantasy action film 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves, 53.

Rick Genest, Canadian Model Known As Zombie Boy, Dies At 32